Oil on canvas
80cm x 100cm x 3cm
Inspired by the Japanese Garden tradition, this painting echoes the tradition of the 'Hira-Niwa' garden. Unlike gardens with waterfalls, or elevations, flat planes are given depth and dimension through the use of clever planting. This recreates the notion of landscapes of valleys or moors.
Three techniques have been used to achieve this painting. The underlayers are painted in smooth brushwork, in gradient colour to provide depth. To the sides of the painting, bold colour and palette knife work are used. The vivacity of the coral red references Japanese blossom and maples. The final technique is the shrouding in fine layers of white in some areas, and ochre in others. The painting is intended to pair the quietude of Japanese gardens with their effervescence.