Landscape and music are both major sources of inspiration for me.
My landscape paintings have, with the help of some fine teaching, travelled a fascinating road from figurative water colours painted ‘on location’ to semi-abstract and abstract work painted in the studio in acrylic, oil and mixed media. Here I draw on my own memory bank of places, but no scene is site specific. The landscapes are where you, the viewer, with your unique reservoir of experience and memories, perceive them to be.
The abstract can open your eyes
Only look and you’ll see something new.
Far horizons beyond earthly skies
Landscape features ‘arranged’ in a view.
While I may see mountains and lake
Your vision lies over the sea.
Neither viewer has made a mistake
But allowed his own muse to fly free.
Some paintings are specifically inspired by music. I usually paint to music, and chamber music is a particular favourite. The rhythm, colour and mood in the works of various composers have inspired purely abstract works.
It is difficult to summarise all the influences on one’s approach to art. In my case maybe a few more may be discerned in three volumes of poetry I have written; Pirouetting Hippos (2005), How Do I Look? ( 2007) and You're Telling Me (2010) all published by Potama House Ltd. See www.gillrowe.com and www.potamahouse.co.uk
©Gill Rowe 2011