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Paintings made at Leeds University with Paul Gopal Chowdhury, using some methods from Euan Uglow that go back to Coldstream, Sickert and nineteenth century French art. This tradition emphasizes "determined visual relations", which includes careful colour comparison, the setting of keys and measuring relative to fixed points.

The approach often produces this faceted, luminous look which may look artificial, but is part of a process that helps to construct strong images from direct perception. Over time, your reward is a sense of paintable reality and a grasp of how the way you work creatively constrains what you can say. 

What you do with this positive visual contact with things is up to you. I took from it a sense that the visual world is a place of discovery. In personal terms, on the one hand good observational method put the ego on the back seat, on the other it gave confidence to paint and see new things.

I think Corot's injunction to try to "paint stupidly", without preconception but not without method, sums it up. 

All paintings in private collections except profile portrait, which is for sale, poa.

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an early Welsh landscape
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