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Painting really matters to me, it always has. For me, almost a ‘calling’, it is an area that seems to accept me, unlike most others.
The process usually begins with a location that offers me a dialogue, like a historical dignitary almost requesting to be painted. It has been, for a long time now, the crashing waves of my home county of Norfolk or my spiritual homes in bleak mountainous areas of Scotland, Wales or out of season Lake District. It’s a feeling so intense, it can create ‘goose pimples’.
The planning, sketching and research of the subject is important. I have never really wanted to make ‘versions of’ interpretations of photos or to make ‘capture the light’ type ‘pictures’.
Once the research, drawing and title are all in place, the painting process ‘happens’ -
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and so my manifesto remains much the same, to continue being true to my art, making and presenting only paintings that have been asked to be made.
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Original Oil Paintings by Garry Raymond-
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