Oil on Canvas "Wisteria" Aude, France. H 65 x W 81 cm POA
Oil on Canvas "Winter Olive Trees, Aude" 2016. H 73 x W 60 cm POA
The Languedoc region is known on the one hand for its long sandy beaches, and on the other for its vineyards, its olive trees and its arid rocky Mediterranean hills with their vegetation of scrub, aromatic bushes and occasional fields. Most of my past paintings, from 2001- 2015, have originated from this area. After many years painting here, I doubt that I will return to this beautiful region of France.
2016, is here and later on in the year, I will be painting the famous coastline of the Côte d'Azur, staying with an artist friend, in Saint-Raphael. (Tucked in between Frejus and its more famous neighbours, St. Tropez and Cannes.)
It is an artist’s paradise, surrounded by a very exotic landscape with red cliffs, lush greenery and a beautiful blue sea. Sounds nice but in reality, It’s usually too hot for me, I will be irritable and suffer from migraines.
I will be transporting canvases from the studio to a partially shaded area, where I will paint under a baking sun. Where the smell of the turps combines with the heat gives you a “slight high” associated with a mild form of sickness. The sweat gradually slides down your arm and the paintbrush rolls and slips uncontrollable. (A wrist band I hear you say…. with the itch of a prickly heat rash develops slowly underneath.) Oh to be an Artist!
New Zealand Public Collection, Christchurch City Council
National Portrait Gallery
Brighton & Hove Museum Service
National Westminster Bank
Bank of China