Many thanks Jill for the contribution to this series of blog posts
The Blue Gate, oil on canvas, 20x30 inches
Who are you
I’m a painter based in London and Lincolnshire. I paint landscapes and still lifes.
Why this one
It’s one of my favourite views. I have painted it several times and I always find it fresh and exciting as the seasons, the weather and the crops change.
Something about it
All my paintings are based on an intense scrutiny of my subject. I tend to return to the same places and use the same props many times as there always seems to be more to say about them. I work from what is in front of me and what I find beautiful. When I’m painting this landscape I’m aware the view across the fields is so horizontal that I look for as many verticals to counter that emphasis and days with deep clouds are perfect. I find the shock of the electric blue gate against all that nature stops me in my tracks.
Oil on canvas. I always stretch and prepare my own canvases so I can get the surfaces exactly as I like them.
Where is it now
It has just been collected for an exhibition of my work at Francis Iles Gallery, Rochester, Kent, opening on 27th March.
Cadmium Yellow Pale