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Once I sat for long and pleasurable hours on hillsides and streets and the life room. ‘Draw what you see.’ This education began at school in Lancashire, continued throughout Art College at Manchester and the RCA, and is still the underlying principle of my personal work. I still keep a sketchpad, recording life, experimenting with ways of doing.
The pictures on show are more suitably described as, ‘What did you see?’ They have all been done from memory. I don’t use a camera but they’re all the result of some visual experience that I’ve wanted to turn into an image. Sometimes, like ‘Lone Surfer’, I work from drawings I did at the time, and one painting, ‘Spring Visitor’, was painted from life.
More usually, like ‘Seven in the morning’, I try to keep the idea of what I’ve seen in my mind, until I can find some time when I don’t feel too guilty about putting it down. This means that geographical veracity gives way to my attempt at describing the feel of the moment.
There’s nearly always something to see from our windows. Time is tight but I’m very grateful for the views.