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The substance of painting is light.Andre Derain I love

The substance of painting is light.
Andre Derain 

I love this quote and it is almost my manifesto. I have always attempted to catch the excitement in light, how it stirs our emotions, mainly positive, how it inspires, invigorates, transmits wonder and hope.   In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions, whether it is moonlight on the sea, summer sun on a British beach, the shadows under chestnut trees in an autumn park or thin spring sunshine on daffodils.
I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since.Image

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Perpetual Light

“Perpetual Light”

People have commented variously how this painting “captures sunshine”, “reminds me of hope”…and sometimes comments inform you about what the painting evokes in others and in a sense what it is about, almost.. The subject material here is one of my very favourite chapels in Wales. Not only is it the smallest but I also love it’s crooked bell tower. Mostly, I love how it is bathed in traditional Welsh white, unusual in that most chapels are not these days. This white helps catch the brillance of the sunshine, which puts it in start contrast to the “gloom” of the gravestones.Personally, unlike most perhaps, I love graveyards, particularly old ones; I love the gravestones and how they tell a thousand stories of people who have passed on but still “alive” in the memories and stories left behind. Some other comments have mentioned how the painting rises above the death association. I think it has done so because there is an intrinsic hope in sunshine isn’t there – that is what I have tried to capture in the sun.  It is also clear that light and dark need each other, shadow and brilliance. Despair and hope. Beyond the graves there is a light, and the title of the painting points to a Christian reference, mentioned in relation to those who have moved on, “Let perpetual light shine upon him/her…”, so there is hope in this message, for some, of eternal light beyond the grave.Image

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Shelter Cymru Art Auction

I have recently submitted this painting to this great cause and Art Auction to raise money for this charitable organisation.

Perpetual Light (SOLD)
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