I respect the traditional values of the painters like Turner or Monet. They drew from life and got out there weathered and in the moment, brought back their studies, and that experience was imprinted onto the final canvas. Strangely I've taken to photography to document my experience or ideas around shapes and colour, form and structure. It seems to work and benefit my art. Whether that's wrong practice for a painter, so be it. It's working for me. After all, where would fine art be now if we didn't challenge and break the rules. Every good painter must raise questions, challenge reality, and break the rules. That's how the artist invents something new and exciting.
There is no logical reason why Paintings and Photography cannot work alongside each other.
Colour is still the leading study here. As a painter, I simply cannot ignore the hypnotic light that impeaches the North Welsh Coast and the historical towns that inhabit it.
Mark J Pullin
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