It has always been a dream of mine to travel to Venice and follow in the footsteps of some of my favourite artists who were also inspired by this amazing location. Edward Seago, John Singer Sargent and recent contemporary artists Prof Ken Howard OBE RA, Brian Ryder ROA FIEA and Trevor Chamberlain RSMA ROI WGA.
Painting transports me to a different place and that is an amazing feeling, it’s even more profound when you can sit and take in the beauty of a city like this. Venice offers an artist all the visual stimulation required to whet the appetite and it is a stark contrast from my usual landscapes with wide open skies, rolling green hills and cattle. Venice is full of quiet backwaters, immense buildings that tower above you, a way of life steeped in history and culture. My favourite location was the fish market, watching the deliveries arrive by boat and seeing fresh produce of fish and fruit set up in a stunning interior.
The beauty of painting and getting lost within, is that you never know what the final result is going to be, but when it does go well, it’s a great feeling.