1 ::: Why are you an artist David?
It was something I always wanted to do,
but because of life's circumstances I
didn't begin until I was forty. I'm self-taught
learning from historical works found in
library books. Being intensely motivated
I felt certain that these great artists
could teach me many things if I were to
look carefully enough and listen to what
they had to say.
+2 ::: Could you tell us some more about
Often it is one main element that starts
me off on a line of inquiry in a painting,
usually something abstract such as the
relationship between a couple of shapes
or some reaction between colours or a
mood I want to capture. This is the main
subject of the painting and other elements
are orchestrated accordingly. The painting
has to work as a coherent whole. In my
figurative work it might be the way one
curve turns into another or the way the
light falls on the form. My wife is my
model and I never grow tired of painting
+3 ::: Your landscapes
have a peaceful, spiritual quality about
them. Is the subject really important
to you, or is it the mood of the painting
that fascinates you most?
I've had a love of landscape since childhood,
a fascination with its expressive qualities
and how it can evoke an emotional response
from darkness and light. The subject is
secondary to the arrangement of paint,
the process and the expressiveness of
+4 ::: What artists have influenced you,
Whistler, Turner and many others. When
I started painting I studied the techniques
of the nineteenth century masters. I was
moved by the depth, sophistication and
sheer beauty of their vision.
+5 ::: What other interests do have (besides
None, I get
fidgety unless I'm painting. My wife says
I need a hobby.
::: What inspires you to paint and how
do you keep motivated when things get
tough in the studio?
The inspiration arrives spontaneously
and is different with every painting I
am always striving to express some of
the poetry I see in the things around
me. I love the high from painting. The
intense concentration and discovery, pushing
my limits. Motivation isn't a problem
- it would be much harder not to paint.
Self-discipline is fundamental to the
creative process. It doesn't stop me getting
mad, but it keeps me going back immediately.
::: How have you handled the business
side of being an artist?
I am unbelievably lucky in that my wife
takes care of most things. She does the
web site, all the administration and marketing
and she feeds me.
::: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A bit more confident, hopefully a little
more free. But probably just as fanatical.
::: Could you talk about your latest series
of paintings and what you are trying to
achieve with them?
the moment I am working on a series of
larger landscapes in oil, mostly forest
interiors. They begin with an idea, a
color reaction or shapes, and then I paint
intuitively as the image develops. It
becomes an expression of beauty for its
::: What advice would you give to an artist
just starting out?
Look at hundreds of paintings by hundreds
of artists and see what you find compelling
emotionally. Study those paintings very
carefully. Be true to yourself. Work slowly
and carefully at first. Ignore stylistic
concerns. Ignore "isms". Don't
take lessons and forget the how-to books.
Spend your money on paint, not lessons
and just keep it real. Do it like you
mean it. Paint only what moves you. Concentrate
on one colour next to another, one shape
next to another. It has to fundamentally
work at this level before you can begin
to say anything.