Deep in Paul’s imagination is a world of green hills, sunset skies and trees whose leaves never fall. Celebrating his love of the countryside, his new pieces intertwine everyday family experiences with a technique influenced by airbrushing, animation and 3D modelling software. We caught up with the painter so he could talk us through each artwork in more detail.
“This painting is the only one with any sort of story attached. Something I do a lot is jumping in the car with my camera and driving to the coast whenever any stormy weather is forecast. My daughter and I share a love of thunderstorms, and we will often sit on the clifftops overlooking Bournemouth beach. This painting is to reflect those moments, and I’d love to live in a house just like this one.”
Like all of Paul’s paintings, this began with a small 5-10cm sketch and evolved through light and shadow once had selected the colour of the sky. He adds: “This is an imaginary place. My paintings are a visual experience, and I often get emails from people who say they never get tired of looking at my work. And all of that is based on an arrangement of hills, trees, clouds and a little white house.”
After finding an arrangement that worked for the pencil sketch, Paul matched it with a colour and shadow scheme. He enjoys layering the clouds, hills and trees to create depth, explaining: “With lots of layers, you can use atmospheric effects to introduce new colours such as blues and purples. These can then be offset with the stronger contrast and bolder colours of the foreground.”
"I was interested in both pin-up art and airbrushing as a teenager. I loved the stylised approach of George Petty, whose ‘Petty Girls’ were printed in calendars and magazines in the USA from the 1930s through to the 1950s."
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