I like to experiment with different backgrounds to some of my abstract and semi-abstract landscapes and flower paintings. I initially painted a much smaller version of this painting and a customer asked whether it would be possible for me to paint it on to a much larger canvas. The customer was looking for a very large painting that would work with the red and brown shades that he has in his room. There are always differences when you scale up a painting is this way but overall I am very happy with the finished artwork.
My semi abstract Autumn tree painting is one of my most popular at the moment. I paint such pieces in both portrait and landscape orientation. I used a lot of orange in this painting and I think that it may be my favourite colour! Orange seems to have an appealing mix of both vibrancy and calmness at the same time.
I experiment with different combinations of flower colours for this style of semi abstract flower painting. I find that predominantly red flowers works very well, but I always like to add small amounts of other colours to the flower part of the painting too, even when a particular colour dominates. I also like to use more than one shade of red when painting this sort of modern art poppy painting.
This was a commission I undertook for a friend in south London. He wanted a bright and colourful modern art painting for his open plan kitchen. Once stretched on to the wooden support frame this painting measured approximately 150 x 100 cm. In order to work with the colour scheme in the kitchen, my friend asked that I avoided using much red paint. I substituted red in the composition for additional orange, pink and black, as well as the many other colours that normally go in to a painting such as this.
My paintings are often very colourful but sometimes I like to reduce the palette of colours right down. This is an example of a painting where I have done just that, reducing the colours to just black and white, plus some shades of grey. The canvas was painted completely black first of all and then I applied the layers of grey and white paint. It’s a very energetic and expressive way of painting, splashing, dripping and flicking the paint on.
I like to paint a combination of semi-abstract and completely abstract paintings. This is one of my completely abstract canvases. It’s all about colour and energy, with the paint being rapidly applied to the surface of the canvas. Its quite a messy way of painting! I like the way these paintings are quite decorative and work well when displayed in an office environment, as well as in a customer’s home.
This large 150 x 100 cm painting was created for a client in Kensington, West London. It was a somewhat new style for me, but one that I enjoyed painting very much. I have an enduring fascination with trees and this is a subject matter that I hope to explore a lot more in future paintings.
You can see that the background green colour looks a little different between the photos. This is the effect of the ambient light levels outside when I took the photos. When relevant, I try to point this out to customers and can send additional photos, including multiple close-ups, to try to give as accurate an indication of the true colours of the painting as possible.
This style of abstract painting is expression in its purest form. I always enjoy creating these canvases which have so much colour and energy. I tend to prefer to apply fresh paint on top of paint that is still wet – in this way the colours partially merge in a very natural, spontaneous way. The colours seem to work particularly well on the orange background.