Floral Still Life
Thirty five years ago, when I started painting still life, my biggest influences were painters such as David Hockney and Eric Fischl who are not even known so much for still life. I liked their style and contemporary approach.
This is yet my first love – the chiaroscuro and rich colour of the Baroque. I combine my love of the work of this period with modern techniques: the use of photography, the modernist grid, and a contemporary sensibility.
The beauty of realism is that it can encompass all of these past iterations and come together in a contemporary moment. So, my bouquets are not the formal arrangements of the past, which are full of symbolic meanings, though they do reference that traditional moment.
My main interest is in celebrating colour and the dynamic form of flowers interacting with light.
What I most enjoy about painting flowers is that nature offers up so many colours that even when I sit down to paint from a photograph, I’m not fully expecting what I see upon closer inspection.
When I finish a painting, I scrape my palette completely bare which is why it’s nice to capture it in a photograph from time to time.