The Sunseekers, oil and enamel on canvas 112 x 140 x 4cm
Iridescent, golden light, heavy with summer’s heat. I imagine the perfume of the flowers and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers The Sunseekers has been created with impasto oil and enamel paints. The Sunseekers is bold and bright and feels vivacious and happy. I wanted my sunflowers to be wild and free so created an expressionist background to create movement and bring an unkempt, raw quality to contrast against the beauty of the flowers. The sunflower patch is bathed in flecks of pale golden light amidst a wild twisted undergrowth of crooked curling branches and heavy green leaves. A riot of bright yellow sunflower heads stand straight and bold, unapologetic in their gaudy beauty. A mist of white daisies scatter the ground and blue violet hydrangea overhang and shade the golden heads. I kept the initial layers of paint loose, focusing on colour and shape applied in an abstract expressionistic style. As the painting progressed I incorporated thick impasto oil paint to define the flowers. Oil, acrylic, enamel and ink were used in the creation of The Sunseekers. It has been painted on high quality artist canvas on a handmade frame. All paintings are shipped in custom made wooden crates and come with a signed certificate of authenticity.