Sources

Sources

Worn out, sun battered, rusting, pitted, flaking and breaking down. The effects of the weather upon painted surfaces reveal all sorts of treasures. Perhaps the vestiges of a primer coat are all that remains on a door or pair of shutters. Or maybe the last powdery haze of a wash of colour on an old wall. Then again, it might be the faded pigment on the panels of an abandoned car, or recesses left after chunks of paint have fallen to the ground from corrugated sheeting. The weather and time, collaborating to undermine practical and decorative efforts placed upon architectural features, objects and the man-made left open to the elements: doors, shutters, panels, walls, utility covers, plaques and signage…

Source material is always drawn from what is observed and what exists – somewhere. Each source always feels unique. The particular fading of colours and how this varies across a surface; the inherent textural qualities of the material combined with the texture of the paint that is barely clinging onto it. Umbrian hill-top town, Venetian canal, Parisian back streets, a main street in a by-passed town in Arizona…

The challenge is to capture the essences of these sources and do something with them: internalise, feel and express a personal response that remains truthful to the memory of that source and the place it was seen, yet also creative and truthful to painting at the same time. The hope that the outcome in the studio, the sum, is greater than those parts.