Nocturnes

When I lived on a boat, to get anywhere I had to walk across water-meadows near a motorway. After dark, the world would take on strange colours as the the moon, streetlights, headlights and ambient light from the motorway would combine, often being mixed together by mist. These paintings were an attempt not just to capture these colours but also to replicate the peace of the darkness, the violence of the headlights, the disorienting nature of a meadow in the dark and the tricks that one’s eyes play in low light. They also mark the point at which my painting became a lot more sophisticated: chasing such subtle effects forced me to become far more aware of the differences in behaviour between different pigments and to start to find ways of harnessing and modifying those behaviours, something which is critical to my current work.