Pastels


Fog, rain and the ephemeral

A picture is worth a thousand words, let me share my world with you.

The city streets and waterways have always been a fascination. By carrying out regular visual excursions, I try to imbue atmosphere into what i see which grabs my interest. 

The distinctive London light envelops the streets, buildings, waterways and all that lies betwixt and between with a phosphorus half-light at particular times of dawn and dusk.   These are familiar streets to me from birth and hold many good and bad memories and as I'm sure they do to previous generations of mine.


In stark contrast, the New York atmosphere is both hypnotic and electric. Magnificent high buildings along with low horizons create stunning city vistas .

Close ups of classical architecture with light bouncing off of glass and shopfronts filter hues that generations long gone would not have comprehended.


Paris also holds a fascination for it's largely unchanged streets and architecture and undulating horizons.


My love of painting and drawing and a compulsion to record what remains of the past and of what is also present.  Buildings and streets which hold the memories of celebration and trauma within brickwork and cobble are all around.  It is these city memories I race to capture before they too become all too rare.  


Ultimately, if a connection  forms between the viewer and a picture, I am happy.  Anything less is just mere decoration or wallpaper and if you are lucky, you make a connection to a piece that can last a lifetime. 

If you happen to feel a connection with my work,  I work is done.


Relax and enjoy.  

 


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Oils


City and landscapes

Mary Swan Art 

Watercolours


Mystery and drama

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