From an interview with Simon Fletcher for Palette Magazine, 2005

From an interview with Simon Fletcher for Palette Magazine, 2005

You have lived and worked in southern France for many years now and are known as a painter of the light in the tradition of many of the greatest painters who have worked there. How did you develop this theme in your work?

One of the most vital points about my life here in France is that I work out of doors, in front of the subject. In this context, sitting or standing in a landscape alone with paper or canvas in front of me I have to make rapid decisions that have to do with what is in front of me, what I am looking at and with the way it changes. I am accutely aware of time when painting outside, I see the sun moving across the sky, the weather changing and with it the light and atmosphere. In two hours the atmosphere of a landscape can change completely demanding immediate response from the painter - shall I leave the original tones that I put down two hours ago or are they now no longer right for what is happening and in any case if I change these first marks or reactions to what I was looking at am I going to get the effect that I want? Sometimes I deliberately keep marks or passages because they are expressing how I feel, they say more to me than what is happening now in front of me.

What I am painting has nothing to do with a photograph which measures the amount of light falling on forms at a given and very brief moment. Painting of any sort has to take into account passing time like in James Joyce's 'Ulysses'.


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