‘Red Carnations in a Black Vase’ is medium sized and painted onto an artist’s quality stretcher. The colour of the paint is rich and bright. In some parts the paint is very visibly thick and impasto. All over the canvas that the artist’s brushstrokes and palette knife work can clearly be seen. The painting is framed in a high quality, hand-made frame made to fit at Strange Frames, Glasgow.
Flowers are a traditional subject for artists because they full of bright, expressive colours and they say something about life, beauty and death. For a period of about a year my painting focused purely on still life and was inspired directly by the work of Vincent Van Gogh. I see myself as part of the tradition of European Expressionism which he was part of.
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”