The Lowry Hotel
The Seascape / Landscape paintings are inspired by memory and experience and are developed using artistic intuition. They are not tied to any specific region or time, they are an eclectic synthesis of place, weather and season. Paul chooses to capture and communicate his experience this way as it relfects life with the unceasing process of observing, experiencing, interpreting, storing - and ultimately - reflecting. The result he strives for is a unique and original visual experience that has captured not only the sense of somewhere/sometime, but also the more subtle notion of recollection.
Occasionally Paul refer’s to photography as a starting point and as a way to engage with the surface and begin the initial mark making process. After this point it is all an abstract interpretation of his memories and places he has experienced. This is all brought together with constant experimenting. Paul finds the works are continuously evolving and influencing the next.
Oil paint is the medium that plays a big part in capturing the essence of a faded memory and lends itself nicely to the way the artist paints. It works well when applied thickly and can create great depth when worked into the surface sparingly, which leaves previous layers partially exposed. The paint is applied in this way to give the artwork itself a narrative and history, where the process of its creation can be glimpsed at in places - not dissimilar to the way in which the memory deals with the hazy recollection of a place once visited.