There are several regular routes Simon walks, usually along the seawalls. He always carries an A4 sketch pad and a small tin of graphite sticks and crayons.
Almost all the landscape he paints are within a few miles of his studio on the Essex coast. It is a landscape of creeks, quays and seawalls, of beaches, saltings and mudflats. It is the last of the Essex marshes before you cross the Stour and head north into Suffolk.
Simon wants to respond quickly to things seen, often returning to the same spot month after month, enjoying the quiet, seeing what comes to light, hoping for the unexpected. In the studio the drawings become source material for the paintings. The drawings are examined and dissected and, in a real sense, they become the subject of the paintings. Painting is a long process of improvised try-outs, putting something up for examination, scraping it out or covering it over, repeating, waiting for the moment that something happens and starts to speak.
The first sketch below was done in preparation for the painting shown here: "Below Quay House, 2019"
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