‘Cliff, Rocks and Boulders’ 40x40cm, mixed media on canvas.
I painted this last year, but having recently looked at it, I noticed how many techniques that I use when working on paper have been transferred to working on canvas. They are two very different surfaces to work on. Stretched canvas is great for adding or overpainting layers and won’t deform unless really abused. Paper, on the other hand, allows a huge variety of mark making and is great for working quickly and spontaneously, but it will soon deform or disintegrate. I find working with these different grounds alternately really keeps me on my toes and stops my work from becoming stale – the thing that I fear most. When a painting is stale, the painter feels stale.