by Ian Watson
I was always concerned that the painted surface in my landscapes should be gritty and curiously textured like reality. To achieve this end, my paintings begin as rapid on the spot sketches which are then transferred to canvas or large sheets of paper. These initial drawings are then added to using memories and further images of the motif. Recently I have become intrigued by the way my drawing methods create networks and grids of sight lines. These are a result of combining different viewpoints encountered during my movement through the landscape, as well as the movement of elements within the landscape itself.