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Happy New Year to all - here's hoping that 2010 is a good one for all! As we all look forward to the New Year I thought that I would conversely take a nostalgic look back to 2002 and my degree show exhibition. During the recent exchanges of festive greetings a contemporary from my degree course commented that, after looking at my latest paintings on this very blog, they had noticed connections to the work that I completed during my final year at University.

This prompted me to dig out my photo album from University (from the pre-digital camera days!) and take a look through what I was up to 8/9 years ago.

I managed to unearth the blurb that appeared about my work in the show catalogue:

I also found the following photographs of the three paintings that I exhibited at the show (unfortunately not great quality as they are scanned photographs):

Samaritan

Acrylic on canvas

2012

Silver

Acrylic on canvas

2012

Sheba

Acrylic on canvas

2012

It is interesting to look back at these. My final year of University was definitely when I felt as though I found my 'visual voice'. I can remember reaching a point where I felt confident in the work that I was creating, and as a result took more risks with compositional arrangements, painting techniques, and the use of colour.

I still very much use similar processes to make images as I did then, although now I take even more risks on both a practical and conceptual basis. I think that I also paint in a more confident manner, not being afraid to make mistakes. Indeed it is often when something goes wrong, and the adrenaline kicks in, that I get a real 'buzz' from painting.

I am never fully satisfied with a final painting as there are always areas that I feel I could improve upon. I am now better at 'letting go' of paintings than I used to be. I also like to exploit 'happy accidents' and leave more of the architecture of the painting visible. This may result in very textural areas of over-painting, or leaving various 'layers' of the painting process visible.

I do not think that I will ever create a 'perfect 'painting because, as soon as I come toward the end of a painting, there are always sections that I know I can improve upon when working on the next painting.

Plans are well underway for my 2010 studio practice. I have already started work on a top secret project that I am aiming to complete by the end of January.

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