The uncertainty of not knowing where my creative journey might take me next is one of the joys of being an artist.
Each painting is essentially a step to the next whilst taking my inspiration from whatever feels appropriate at the time.
Recently however a new door has opened and I have been excited by a renewed fascination with railway subjects, particularly steam engines and I have launched a range of new paintings and prints depicting these works which are now included on my website. I decided to paint them predominantly in watercolour because it enables me to capture the essence of the subjects with a sense of life, light, vitality and spontaneity.
The roots of my current journey began completely by chance in the Spring of 2014 when I was offered the opportunity to paint in a busy engineering workshop environment, something I had never done before and I have to admit I approached with some apprehension.
Painting in oils, I produced a range of small plein-air works, (12 x 16in in size) with two larger paintings (13 x 24 in, as below) to follow. My article entitled 'The Challenge of a Different Subject' published in the March 2015 issue of 'The Artist' magazine describes my approach.
Today such places are few and far between, so the question then was where to go next.
My proximity to the Great Central Railway and Battlefield Line Preservation Societies seemed obvious choices and enabled me to gain access to an abundance of fascinating subject material both for sketching, (as below) and obtaining information for more considered studio paintings.
My previous interest in these subjects began in the late 1970's when I produced 17 charcoal drawings for The Talyllyn Railway in Wales and the Ffestiniog Railway at Port Madoc.
I have recently been looking at examples of railway paintings made by David Shepherd and the late Terence Cuneo's superb oil depictions of the golden age of steam, the memories of which are kept alive today by the many Railway Preservation Societies around the country.