Almost award-winning art, fresh from the wilds of Surrey

Sketches of skies

I like these. They’re seemingly rough and ready skies, mostly around Staines and Windsor. I made them because I wanted something simple, energetic and cleansing as I approached the end of a long, draining and difficult project which will be on this site soon. They were an antidote.

Having said that, they’re not quite what they seem. The may look crude and impressionistic, but they’re really very considered and refined; I just find that coarseness can be the best way to retain a feeling of spontaneity and life in a painting.