In my cityscape and landscape oil paintings, I seek to paint places that I am drawn to, with inherently interesting compositions. I enjoy using the representational framework as an opportunity to experiment with visual juxtapositions: positive and negative shapes; thin lines against thick; washes of oil paint over exposed canvas next to thick strokes; and warm against cool colors.
The first layer on my canvas is a thin wash of warm, light color. I then draw the scene with graphite directly onto the canvas. I begin to lay down color, moving from dark to light, and from oil paint thinned by Turpenoid to thick pure oil paint, working with both brush and palette knife.
Once a canvas has been built up with thick layers of oil paint, I scrape with a palette knife to create the desired texture. I use a graphite pencil to carve further detail into the oil paint. This is a stage of removing and rebuilding until a visual balance is achieved.
In my abstract approach to painting representational scenes, the fascinating nature of sight is illuminated, allowing a field of objects to be translated from light, via the mind, into a visual world.