My immediate observation of the unique hills and mountainous forms of the northern Balaton region was the how the shapes of the contours and varying opacity was coincidentally similar to some of my abstract parts of my existing work. I naturally enjoy viewing this countryside, perhaps subconsciously re-enforced by my inclination for this flowing and angled shapes.
I am lucky enough to live on a hill adjacent to other hills so I get to witness this kind of beauty on a daily basis.
Hungary has defined seasons (continental climate) compared to my previous home Channel Island of Guernsey, so the landscape and colours are changing which provides such incredible reference for painting. Scenes where the hills are standing on the shimmering Lake Balaton ('the Hungarian Sea') are especially incredible.
I am not too interested in painting 'hyper-real' or conventional scenes, in my opinion I may as well become a photographer if that was my desire. I think painting's majesty is the ability to capture form in alternative and environment-building expression. Instead I wish to combine focal points of 'realism' within an ethereal expressive painterly form. That is what ticks all my creative boxes! I love painting detail yet I need to balance that with exploring expressive and organic effects which is so much fun, especially with oils.
In a feature about my first Balaton exhibition in summer 2016 by Online Balaton they commented 'no one has ever painted Balaton like this' - a nice little affirmation that my work is capturing my creative intent.
I am currently painting new works for my next Balaton solo exhibition is coming up in late August 2017, details to follow in separate blog post very soon.