My 2D work is largely a continuation of following an impulse or idea and seeing where it takes me. Having developed a bold body of work in oils, I began several years ago to use pure watercolour, keen to find out how far I can take it into abstraction while still communicating something about what this landscape means to me. The latter seems to be something about honouring the grace of the ordinary, a phrase I picked up from H A Williams, theologian. My working class childhood in Yorkshire feeds this passion, having formed an emotional landscape in which simple hard work and duty were the manner of expressing attachment… couldn’t possibly say ‘love’ but maybe I should! I can’t be sure how anyone else receives my work, but for me there is the element of this ‘graceful ordinariness’ that I try to share. This recent piece is an example. Its a response to the Blyth Valley, as much of my work is. On this particular Spring morning, the mist and sunshine combined to create a serene quiet.
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