Original oil paintings completed in the studio. These works are generally larger, and are completed using a combination of 16th century and contemporary techniques.
These are often a development of a Plein Air piece which remains the source of inspiration throughout.
I spend time planning the composition and colour harmonies before embarking on the fnial peice.
A peice of board is then cut to size and meticulously prepared using archival techniques borrowed from Boroque painters such as Rubens. These methods combine a favourable working surface - one that I prefer considerably over that of canvas - with a proven archival quality. (Rubens paintings, made over 400 years ago, posses the freshness of a newly painted work)
An optical grissaile, or underpainting, is worked up in multiple layers before applying the final colour layers to finish.