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Emerson Mayes, Painter

My work splits itself into two very distinct areas… that of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’. They have many similarities. When working on either subject my reasons are the same – that of capturing a ‘direct response’ with integrity to both the subject and the media used. Read more…

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My work splits itself into two very distinct areas… that of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’. They have many similarities. When working on either subject my reasons are the same – that of capturing a ‘direct response’ with integrity to both the subject and the media used.

Although the landscapes I paint are always actual places, I am acutely aware that the painting is the object that will exist and be seen. Trees may be moved, horizons changed and colours altered. I always attempt to walk that thin line between the representation of the landscape and the physical act of painting.

The same is true of the ‘fauna’ work. I am not trying to act as a human camera, but to capture those ever so fleeting moments, whilst always letting the paints themselves have enough freedom so they can be enjoyed in their own right.

I chose drypoint as a printmaking medium, as it is one of the most direct and the closest to the act of drawing, something that is essential to all my work. Read more about Emerson Mayes here.

Picture by Samantha Toolsie.