Strategically one of the most important European harbours in history, the Grand Harbour is picturesque and really fascinating in its spectacular history. This painting was painted from sketches and a photograph taken at dawn. I have deliberately not put in too many details in order to emphasize the grandeur of the moment, leaving as much as possible to the imagination.
A very atmospheric and romantic view of a Maltese harbour scene, this is based loosely on the Gozitan harbour at Mgarr. I have used a limited palette and techniques that the great Turner himself used with mane layers of glazing and turbid paintwork.
Seen from a very unusual perspective this is a completely unique ‘take’ on the Bridge of Sighs! It has an emotional response to the bridge and was painted in response to paintings by the famous Russian artist Kokoshka of the River Thames.
I challenged myself to complete a painting every day for 14 days. These beautiful small studies of a variety of subject matter are the result. The paintings result in very fresh, immediate response to the paintings.