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"A landscape cannot be defined by lines and contrived marks. To capture the true beauty and spirit around us, as painters we must realise that the image of nature is made up of patches and washed of colour."
A graduate from Falmouth College of Arts and winner of the 2nd prize at the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Jonathan Pitts paints landscapes 'en plein air' using heavy impasto paints.
With his palette knife, he shifts and sculpts the paint until he feels that he has captured the spirit of the surrounding landscape. Pitts works to a degree of abstraction; he is focused on exploring the landscape as a whole rather that its macro details. The result is a buttery mosaic of paint spread liberally on the canvas.
The Hook's Take: Jonathan Pitts' beautifully depicted landscapes are reminiscent of a summer sunset. The paintings transport the viewer's mind to warmer, summertime memories.
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