I paint as a way of getting to know places, not to depict them.  These paintings grow out of the landscape, driven by reflections about life, the history of the people who lived there and the marks they leave. They are a layered response to all of this.  The more ‘representational’ paintings may appear to be depicting the landscape. They are, in fact, expressing emotional reactions driven by place and wider considerations. 

I hope the paintings are honest, almost brutal.  If they capture the tension below the calmness of the beauty, then it reflects how I felt about the landscapes we travelled. 

© Simon Jones 2018