The Light At The End
Nature is a haunted house – but Art is a house that tries to be haunted.
I took this photograph in July 2015 in the woods at Freshwater East beach in Pembrokeshire. Ms Dickinson’s quote is appropriate when applied to my thinking about the photographs I take. The hope is always that at least a few of them are worth making paintings from, and while I am essentially a ‘realist’ I’m not trying to be doggedly photo-realistic. What I’m trying to do is draw out what Don DeLillo calls “the unseen something that haunts the day” and somewhere during the painting process add an aspect, an element, an essence that isn’t there in the original photograph, hopefully fulfilling the Francis Bacon maxim: “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”