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Painting on wood

Wood panels are wonderful to paint. The whole process is very different from working with plaster. Starting with a smooth surface means I add in marks and layers with wet paint and then sand and carve additional textures once the paint has dried. I use a variety of media from acrylics to charcoal, inks to oil pastels. And a whole load of weird and wonderful tools for mark-making, including some of the feathers that I collect down on the river. Most of my landscape painting is inspired by the fields around my studio near the River Thames, as well as frequent trips to the North Norfolk coast and Cornwall. Each panel is presented in deep box frames that have a contemporary brick-like feel as well as St. Ives frames, which I’ve just started using.

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