URBAN LANDSCAPE

My fascination in portraying buildings started when I was about seven years old following a visit to an architect's office at the time our home was being built. It was a real feast to see entire walls covered with architectural drawings. This was my first understanding of perspective.  I was amazed by how the viewer could visualise what was not completely depicted: this was a revelation to me. 

And so I started working on my own ambitious project: to draw our home.  I made several drawings and, as I improved technically, I discovered that the depicted subject would look different depending on how I visualised it. With time and practice, I  began to see patterns in urban landscapes: of light and shade, of shapes and sizes, of what I saw and what I didn't see and what I wanted to say about them and what I didn’t.

I discovered that oil paints applied with palette knives were a brilliant medium to narrate my interpretation of the fabric of the places I visited. My interpretations are not painted in situ but from memory, allowing fragments of visual data to combine with my subjective and emotional response.  Urban landscape is an ongoing series that allows me to narrate what inspires me - hence some places revisited and re-interpreted more than others …