The earliest of these, that of the wonder of my days, Sharon, the dear wife of my bosom (as Antony Trollope might have put it!) was made in 2006 and painted in this particular room solely because I could not resist the challenge of painting net curtains from the inside. My portrait of Jade and Paige was inspired by the super realist artist Chuck Close who having lost his abilities through health issues devised a synthetic (my word) technique in order to keep painting. A digitally pixellated version of 1028 squares was created from a photograph. Squares were then painted at random as miniature (25mm x 25mm) abstracts, each with its own title until the image reconstructed itself. At some time I plan to write up the titles of each square.
I get fired up by the simplest of things. The first of these are a pair of purely and intentionally decorative pieces to inspire a granddaughter setting up her first home on her own.
Here is my last oil painting in a basically figurative style. This was completed during the lockdown period imposed to limit the spread of the Covid - 19 contagion. I owe Dylan Thomas for it's title. While painting this I became very fond of these lovers. Being a lover is not an easy ride, we all have a hard time.