In my landscape paintings the scenery is always set off by a backlight. The general focus of my painting is always light. The way in which light illuminates and hits and sets the scenery alight determines the way I incorporate color into my painting. My painting technique is layering and blending oil colors on canvas while painting which is why I leave no visible brushstrokes. I found this to be most effective in achieving the subtle balance of colors that comes from combining various layers and colors. In this way colors can coalesce for a more refined cohesive effect as they come together on canvas. I determine the lightest areas where the surroundings receive the most backlight then loosely paint in an atmospheric under painting. Every time I paint over the previous layer I am mixing colors on canvas while painting altering shades and tones in order to draw out the colors that portray the right levels of lightness and darkness in the painting.
Glencoe Festival of Art: 20