I'm very happy to have two of my paintings selected for The 57th Essex Open Exhibition [http://essexopen.southendmuseums.org.uk/]. The exhibition is currently running and ends the 4th of February 2017 at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.
although it's not really the case. I've been busy with a set of commissions which will be installed into a newly refurbished Manor House. However, I've managed to produce a couple of pieces (one of which is below) from sketches I made from locations in North Essex, near to the border with Suffolk – a seriously pretty, although often ignored, part of the country – so all is well.
Red is an odd choice to represent distance. 'Aerial perspective' lightens and casts a blue shade on far-away objects. However, like the use of warm colours in shadow areas instead of cool ones, reds, oranges and purples attract attention and draw your eye in, thus making the observer look towards the horizon.
I'm proud to be part of this year's Burnham Art Trail [www.burnhamarttrail.co.uk]. This year is particularly special as it's the first year where my new studio [https://goo.gl/maps/xxHVUp8GTow] will be a venue for the trail. The studio will be open throughout the trail (25th of June to 3rd of July) between the hours of 11am to 5pm (special arrangements can be made if you contact me). Also the Station House has another artist in residence, plus it is also a venue for two other artists' work.