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A trip to the Klein Karoo in Africa had a huge impact on me and brought about a series of paintings in which I tried to consider the history of the place and the feelings it invoked in me. I intend to exhibit a collection from the series next summer in London and am hoping to create a colonial feel with all the inherited memories and discomforts which that will bring about.
Art depends so much on an artist searching their own feelings and responses to that which they look at. Artists search for a fundamental 'response' and 'truth' to their environment, which then, like a Chinese Whisper, can travel though various stages from one version of an image to the next, paring down to the vital elements. When I'm out in a landscape I'm monitoring, collecting, breathing the place around me and responding in my drawing books. I work rapidly from these drawings, often in a different medium, and from those works I follow on with work in all media back in my studio. Imbued in every location-drawing is a huge amount of memory, and as the paintings in the studio take on their own lives, my strong memories become an integral part.