Nenuphar, French for waterlily.  This series is inspired by Japanese woodblock printing, with its flat colour spaces, line work and composition. Typically, metallic paint is used predominantly throughout the works and there is little gradation of tone.  Detail is rendered by fine line work for foliage with the lilies themselves being the only three dimensional forms.  The paintings have limited depth which is only suggested by the form of the pond’s banks meandering through space and the silver mist.  There is also a gentleness and stillness in each work; the lilies and lily pads hover effortlessly on the pond’s surface that at times is like glass or mirror reflecting their images.

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