Departure painting Departure

A deeply personal personal painting from 1990, 'Departure' is ostensibly about leaving Accrington for university at the age of 18. However its title was almost prophetic, for while I was painting it, unknown to me, I was developing a cancer that became potentially fatal.

Fortunately I survived, but afterwards, it was as if the radiotherapy had somehow burned out much of the Lancashire imagery from me. It took a few years to recover and my painting style changed. Always brightly-coloured, it took on more more lively brushwork and explored intense lighting effects. My subect matter increasingly has been concerned with the landscapes of my adoptive county of Cumbria - as you will see later.

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