I can’t deny that my subject matter is landscape, and a very particular one close to the studio. The paintings are generated by and measured against the experience of walking in the landscape, a degree of personal knowledge and history of the places I go and the process of observation set down in drawings.
But the paintings exist parallel to the landscape in a metaphoric relation to it. They are firstly made and judged as paintings independent of subject. I’m not sure they are ‘about’ the landscape but they are enabled by close and sustained contact with the particular.
they are indeed landscape paintings and come about by being very familiar with a certain set of motifs and subjects and by being open to being continually transfixed by the same things rather than be bored (although being bored is a useful response too). The paintings that emerge are about all sorts of things, the subject matter not necessarily being the most important.