How do you approach the starting point for your paintings?

June Walsh
June Walsh

I collect specimens and natural material which reminds me of scenes I have experienced. I select a restricted palate of colours to create a mixture of tones which will unite together on the canvas and which can be replicated. The sites I visit are often tidal and time short and I take many photographs which I can study in detail and scale up by measurement onto my hand stretched canvas.



To what images do your present series of paintings relate?

June Walsh

I have recently been making a study of very much smaller sections of rock and of crystal. From these I will look to find tiny parts of a surface or a cross section, which will provide interesting pictures when enlarged. I spend a long time sorting out any difficulties which might arise in a painting.

What advantages have you gained from working in this way?

June Walsh

There is always knowledge to be gained by contemplation of the material for a painting. There is the pleasure of working with nature’s colours. It is also possible to acquire the skill of being able to assemble a set of work which will relate to each other in both colour, and also in style.

 

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