“I am most happy when I make a color act

against its will',  the quote by the German

minimalistic artist Josef Albers.

           It's   a   statement   I   relate   to,   is   how   I   work   with   colours. For   I   too   seek   colours   and   colour   patterns   different   to other   artists,   colours   that   are   not   naturally   related.      And when   I   achieve   some   success   (something   very   much unpredictable)    I    experience    an    emotional    surge,    a feeling   of   content,   even   of   blissfull   happiness.   So   why did it take so long to become a 'colourist'?          The   reason   is   more   prosaic   than   I'd   thought   at   first. Simply   put,   some   years   ago   I   changed   the   medium   in which   I   paint,   from   oil   colour   to   acrylic   paint.   Oil   paint takes   up   to   a   week   to   dry,   acrylic   (if   applied   lightly),   only minutes.   So   with   acrylic   paint   you   can   paint   over   the 'offending   colour'   within   some   minutes,   try   something different,    the    absence    of    delay        not    interrupting    the thought   process,   and   the   different   layers   of   paint,   one above the other, creating a satisfying 'impasto'.          Often   times   I'm   asked   if   my   painting   is   a   'collage'.   I think     that's     because     of     the     lines     drawn     into     the composition.   Sometimes   with   a   soft   pencil,   other   times with   a   hard   one,   at   times   even   with   a   blunt   knife,   each with    a    different    effect,    the    various    sections    of    the painting   identifying   the   instrument   used   and   with   a   life of there own, my own personal calligraphy.
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            Predominatly    a    landscape    painter,    landscape painting   appeals   to   the   romantic   in   me,   also   the day   dreamer   part.   My   wife   tells   me   that   I   am   the least   practical   of   men.   However   those   two   aspects of   my   personality   I   regard   as   something   positive, certainly   in   the   context   of   being   an   artist.   For   I   see more   than   what   is   merely   in   front   of   me   when   I paint,    see    that    as    the    starting    point,    a    point    to diverge   from.   Commencing   at   times   with   different aspects   of   what   is   before   me,   sometimes   I   present that   as   a   continuation,   at   other   times,   and   more contemporaneously   as   a   juxtaposition.   In   addition to   this   I   like   to   give   my   paintings   a   sense   of   'make- believe',    transfer    the    viewer    to    another    and    very different   world,   a   world      where   whimsicality   is   to   be wished for.