New work in cold wax and oil on beautiful cradled wooden panels made by Milliken Bros.
Abstract with no starting point or theme at the outset.
However, the works are beginning to talk to me about land and territory, borders and trade routes.
Maybe because I live in the Republic of Ireland, close to the border with Northern Ireland. Maybe because I have just visited the Eastern Algarve in Portugal, close to the Spanish border. Maybe because the shapes emerging remind me of coastal contours with trade routes across the sea. Read what you like
when I’m travelling I take prepared pieces of unstretched rough canvas for making quick sketches
I use oilbars which are quick drying oil paint in a stick form
in hot temperatures they melt, so I use a palette knife to scoop and spread
I also use a graphite stick
when I get home again I mount the best pieces, and work up larger paintings in my studio while the memories are still fresh