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Tuesday 10th July 2018Living Art - Tyne Valley Express Interview

Thank you to the Tyne Valley Express magazine for featuring this interview about my working from the gallery in Prudhoe - much appreciated. The magazine is just being distributed this week, or you can read by clicking on the image, if you’re from outside of the Tyne Valley.
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday 05th July 2018Inspirations: Ivan Shishkin – Mast Tree Grove and Dead Forest

I don’t detect paint when I look at Ivan Shishkin’s work, I detect light. The care he has taken is phenomenal. Like Andrew Wyeth, Shishkin could paint light on surfaces beautifully.
 
 
I discovered Shishkin’s work after creating my etching ‘The Pathway’ – and he had been making forest etchings almost 200 years earlier – he was a Russian Itinerant Artist. His work is well crafted and has real integrity and authenticity and the detail he excelled in helped to influence my own paintings, such as ‘Rhododendron’ and ‘Plantation Pathway.’

Thursday 05th July 2018Inspirations: Andrew Wyeth – Wind from the Sea

There’s a certain poignancy to Andrew Wyeth’s work that draws me to it. He’s a supreme technician, working in watercolour and tempura. He can capture the ephemeral fragility of a scene in one frozen moment.
 
 
Wyeth will spend a long time at certain locations. I love how he sees a building, or the movement of a breeze, and how he puts his paintings together. I discovered him at art school and his work still resonates with me.

Thursday 09th February 2017An Inspiring Weardale Farmhouse

 
 
I painted both 'Window' and 'Tree House' after discovering this derelict farmhouse in Weardale, near St John's Chapel - the two windows are upstairs. 'Treehouse' is the window on the farmhouse's left and 'Window' is on the right. You can see the photos I took originally of the farmhouse below in the collage, and the actual paintings above. 
 
If you look to the top of 'Window' you will see that it has its very own natural Velux feature! It's one of the watercolours that I enjoyed painting most. And I also like the poem that Noel Connor wrote to accompany 'Tree House' in 'In the Pause of Passing'.  I have copied a short extract below. If you look closely at the painting, you will see the details he is describing:
 
'...Jam jars on a window-sill
preserved in watercolour,
no more than berry-stains on paper,
a still life ripening
on his autumn easel.'
 
 

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