My Favourite View
For me, the landscape has been my main influence throughout my artistic career.
Landscape is a constant, although seasons change and colours transform it is an expectation that these elements of mother nature will always be present and the belief in this gives us a sense of safety and comfort in the familiar. When we are out in the landscape and there is nothing for miles except an ever-changing sky and endless horizon it gives us the realisation that we are only a small part of the puzzle.
Have you ever looked out of the window of a train and watched as the landscape comes rushing past the window or been on an aeroplane looking down across the many fields, valleys? Does it make you stop and think? Does it give you perspective?
This is my favourite view! It reminds me of my home county. It reminds me of home, standing at the top of a hill that you can see for miles. Looking at the distance.
And It is usually said that an oil painting in its frame is like an imaginary window open onto the world.
Instinctively when we see a landscape image, we situate ourselves in it. With my paintings I want to allow the viewer to take a solitary stance and immerse themselves into the landscape, to be able to appreciate nature in its rawest form.
I translate the breadth of colours, shapes, and forms of the landscape we live in now. Who knows what our landscape will look like in 30, 40, 50 years, it certainly will not be the same as we remember it today! We are increasingly withdrawn from the landscape around us as urbanisation continues to rise, areas become more built up, and jobs keep us indoors for most of the day.
So, it’s even more important to treasure your favourite view. It’s even more important for me as an Artist to remind my audience of the beauty that is out there to see.
So, take a look at the world I have captured for you…