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My Process

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When I have found the relationship of all the tones the result must be a living harmony of all the tones, a harmony not unlike that of a musical composition."

Henri Matisse

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​​​I paint whatever piques my interest, usually an event revealed by weather, light or colour. The aim is to explain this event via a design or composition of coloured, textured shapes. Subject matter tends to be where I am when I work so more often than not its where I live, which is on the Somerset Levels, however visits to the coast, towns or gardens also provide material.

 

Much of my work is guided by sketches, either produced on location, from photgraphs or memory. My inital concern is with the structure of the image which I find is  effectively explored through the elements of value and shape. This might be thumbnails or larger monochrome pastel images.

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With each sketch I am looking to solve as many design issues as monochrome will allow and look for a result that has visual comfort and explains the 'event' that caught my attention.

 

Having decided on my shapes, the values and gradations within them, where my centre of interest will be and how the whole image will lead into this, I am then free to focus on the final  challanges of  colour decisions and mark making.

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"Value does the work, colour adds the emotion."

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