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Brian Steventon

I am inspired by the abstract element within the subject, very often atmospheric and light conditions enhance the abstract quality that I am seeking. Sometimes it is the bigger landscape that I find inspirational, other times it can be merely a cameo of the overall view, but there is rarely a day goes by when I don't see something that inspires me to paint.

I regularly visit
North Norfolk, Peak District / North Yorkshire Moors etc. I also find inspiration from a normal busy street scene, where the light conditions can create superb atmospheric conditions and abstract qualities. Areas such as Suffolk and Italy offer such excellent light conditions for me. Painting on the spot can produce a finished work, or it may be the starting point for a variety of paintings on a theme.

Once I have
the material at my finger tips, I can move into painting the subject in a variety of ways. Very often the subject matter will push me in a certain direction. The same subject matter can also provide many options to be explored. I always look at things in a contemporary way, and look to stamp my own identity on a subject, after all we are of our time. 

I am influenced by artists such as Edward Seago, John Singer Sargent, Joan Eardley, Harry Becker, Fred Cuming and
the Scottish Colourists.

'Towards the west, Stanage Edge, Peak District'
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