‘Tuscan Bride’ is an acrylic painting on 230gms canvas paper 25cms wide x 19.5cms height. It is presented in a cream card window mount with a total size of 30cms x 25cms. The painting is shipped in a card reinforced envelope. The weight of the shipping package is 0.15 Kgs. It is signed on the mount card. This small painting has been made as part of series of works based on memories of places I have visited and/or stayed in. The paintings in this series have been made to record the atmosphere, light and colour of locations in which I have travelled across Italy, Catalonia and the Greek Islands. The paintings in this series try to capture the sense of place through expressive use of colour, light, shadow and texture. ‘Tuscan Bride’ holds a memory of viewing an Italian wedding whilst travelling through the region. Italian weddings are very unique and very special. Other sources which inspire these particular paintings are varied including historical and ancient signs, symbols and motifs and mythologies. Early Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico and Simone Martini have been so important. Then there is John Hoyland, Paul Gauguin, Howard Hodgkin, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Rae, Hans Hoffman, Alan Davie, Corneille and the COBRA group all of which are indeed inspirations. The boundaries of what can be managed in a painting present a constant challenge to me and through a process of layering, cancellation and improvisation my intention is always to test such boundaries.
Acrylic and dyes on canvas paper