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Inspiration and Reflections

HEROD AND SALOME

HEROD AND SALOME

Once in my studio, the question was ‘what kind of brush strokes will admit to guilt and regret’...

THE SPOILING OF JOSEPH

THE SPOILING OF JOSEPH

Painting is about thinking and being. It is part of that process whereby we re-form our experiences into significant images. 

I AM THE VINE

I AM THE VINE

A painting that is getting stuck and winding down, becoming sluggish and hopeless, is all too familiar.  The final result, if it survives the painter’s disappointment at all, is a contrived embarrassment.

THE VISITATION

THE VISITATION

"I believe that in all the arts, meaning that is found is not just the discovery of meaning that has been put in by the artist..."

 

THE CRUCIFIXION

THE CRUCIFIXION

I can’t remember when it occurred to me to use Psalm 22 for imagery in a painting of the crucifixion, but the extraordinary nature of this psalm comes as it were, from within the suffering, confronting us with naked humanity rather than processed tradition.

JOB

JOB

The book of Job is found in the Jewish scriptures; the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It is written in the form of a drama that is set in Heaven and on earth.  Job is a good man, wealthy and happy with a large family, but then disaster strikes. The suffering that Job endures raises questions about his life and faith.

AN ACT OF FAITH

AN ACT OF FAITH

"... What is being produced is a being which is not just self expression, not just what you are projected onto canvas or into poetry or into music. It has a life of its own... ", Bob Booth.
Listen to Bob discuss the link between art and faith.

THE REFLECTION OF HIS GLORY

THE REFLECTION OF HIS GLORY

A painting by Tintoretto on the subject of the presentation of Christ in the Temple, hangs in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. I have often contemplated the image with its strong composition and unusual viewpoint.

THE PAINTER’S SOAP-BOX

THE PAINTER’S SOAP-BOX

For a long time I had resisted the idea of depicting angels on the grounds that they represent a now unfamiliar way of understanding the world. 

The image ‘The Dream of Jacob’ is reproduced from an oil sketch inspired by the familiar Bible story of ‘Jacob’s Ladder.’ As with much biblical writing, distant events and characters confront us with our own story, offering the chance to identify our experience in a context that is not merely personal.