Acrylic on 300 gsm. paper, 50cm. x 70cm.
Boyhood memories of “scrumping”, an exciting, albeit unlawful, seasonal pursuit where young village boys would secretly raid farmers orchards with the goal of pilfering apples. There was always the danger of being caught.
I begin painting with a process of applying multiple layers of colours and random shapes with no focus on the structure or any plan for the final image. This process continues until my emotional responses inform me of the possible subject.
The viewer may question, “Why the lack of figures in a painting with such a theme”? However the old artist remembering, does not see himself or his friends, rather it is the emotional experience only, that is keenly remembered.
In hindsight it seems the memories may also reflect on the theme of property versus place, where land is always owned and adventurous boys always trespassers.