Outlets for expression

Another moving episode from the Radio 4 series, “The Art of Now, Guantanamo”. The programme focused on the lives of inmates at Guantanamo Bay and the artwork they have produced. Most of them have, or are serving, long periods of detention without having been charged, and with little prospect of that happening any time soon. Some have been subject to torture methods. Despite this, they have had access to making their own art, which has allowed them to both “hold on to somethin

Sharing experiences through art

I have just listened to “The Art of Now: Dangerous places” on Radio 4. An amazing programme about the bravery and work done by artists living and working in conflict zones. The presenter Errollyn Wallen asks why and what does it achieve. She ultimately concludes. “Every artist asks, 'what’s the point of this, what good can it do?'. Very important questions. They help us work out what artists can do that nobody else can. All your training as an artist only matters if you can s

Drawing means everything

When I’m beginning a new project, it’s often a challenge to know where to start. It’s one of the most difficult aspects of being a painter, but I know the best start is to pick up a pencil and get drawing. Reading an interview in The Guardian with Paula Rego, she holds this view and feels ”You learn so much drawing from life, you have to look so carefully. It’s very difficult to actually see what’s there, the more you do it, the better you get at looking and that’s a discipli

#Urban Landscapes and the Himalayas

I'm just coming to the end of the work I've been doing on my series of #oilpaintings following my residency in #Marpha, high up in the #Annapurna range of the #Himalayas. My usual work is of industrial areas and institutions, the buildings and structures that keep our country ticking but that we hide away. I wondered how I would feel surrounded by barely a building in sight but just the mountains. How was I going to approach the painting of these mountains? Extraordinaril