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landscapes
Still Life
figure painting
Landscapes
Still Life
Figure Painting

I consider myself an EMOTIVE REALIST, choosing subjects for their emotional appeal and painting them in a painterly sensual manner. For many years I have painted mostly "a la prima" figures, still life and landscapes. My desire for a deeper more emotive image has resulted in more studio work and larger formats over more time, but the
"a la prima" outdoor experience has proven invaluable for the retention of spontaneous brushwork and light effects. I return to painting outdoors on a regular basis to refresh my spirit and to find fresh subjects. Painting outdoors in the Karoo has produced more intense colour in my work, and the people I meet there, a warmer emotional touch.
I feel that mass media has made the most extraordinary sights ordinary, so that little is new any more and the magic has gone. I try with my paintings to bring back the magic.

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