As a Peak District artist I've always held Buxton close to my heart. Its an old Victorian Bath town in the middle of the Peak District in the North of England. Nestled between the high peaks it has a wealth of culture and art and a wonderful place for an artist. This work was painted as part of the Buxton Spa Prize and exhibited in the Greenman Gallery as part of the competition.
I wanted to capture the bustle and activity which transforms it after dusk. I've seen several operas there and used the light in this painting to suggest the music and high drama that its stage and the people on it create. It was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects. Hopefully this painting conveys the majesty of his design.
OIl on Stretched Canvas