"Moules and Moonlight"



Late night wanderings, walking and wondering.

I've been working on this paintong for over five years. It's finished in its ephermeral unfinished form.

Memories of the south of France, other lives.


A painting doesn’t reveal itself all at once (to the painter or the viewer) but reflects, bit by bit, unfolding recognition. The paint applied becomes a place, place becomes a thought, thought returns me to the place and back to the painting.


The greatest joy for me is to put paint on the canvas; that first initial brushstroke, full of excitement and optimism. My second greatest joy is have somebody look at the painting and say “I know that place, I recognise that feeling, I know where you were, in your heart when you painted this. I know where you were and what you were feeling right there, right then, and I like it.”

That’s the essence of painting for me; the communication between the viewer and the artist, and that’s a rare moment. And that is something to celebrate.


Each painting is made up of many successive, almost transparent, but highly pigmented layers of paint, with a final layer of thinly applied, almost dry opaque paint, which has the effect of partially revealing under-layers.


Signed on the front, signed and dated on the reverse.

Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60cm.



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Moules and moonlight

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