I paint in oils and usually with a palette knife. Growing up on farms, I have always loved the rural landscape. Constable said you should paint what you know, and I paint Dorset, trying to capture the changing shapes and colours of the sky, the landscape and the shore - “where the fields meet the sea”. I use my own photographs of places, planning the painting by making pencil drawings. I refer back to the photograph for the colours, and to my memories for the elusive atmosphere. Oils take time because of drying, and this can be difficult, but it allows time for reflection and for the picture to paint itself.
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