“One of the most appealing features
of Venice to me is the abstraction of light and colour, created by
the reflections of its facades and the movement of its river traffic,
which causes these reflections – a kind of magic mirror”
”The things I suppose I have painted
most in Venice are these abstracted reflections. In the early morning,
before the traffic gets going, there are perfect mirror images of
the buildings above, but with movements of water, the colours are
broken down into fragmented shards of light."
“The buildings of Venice with their
stucco surfaces, are decorated with pigments which are of the earth
itself and these illuminated by brilliant sunlight and reflected
in the canals are, in an abstract sense, one of the most breathtaking
things I have observed. In Venice there is so much deep shadow and
brilliant light juxtaposed, that it creates images of great drama.
Many of the great painters have worked in Venice and it takes a long
time and many visits to take on a personal vision. Having a studio
in Venice provided long stretches of time to explore, discover and
develop my own interpretations."