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.

Author: David Carroll - Visual Artist

David is a contemporary artist using many types of media to create abstract artwork. Born in 1947 in North Wales, he migrated to Australia in 1970 with his wife and children. David has spent most of his working life in the electrical trades. He was lucky enough to be accepted as a full time, mature age student (aged 63) at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. graduating after four years of study with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Art (Honours). David and his wife, now great-grandparents, live in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. where David paints in his studio most days. His abstract works are inspired by memory; not so much to depict specific events but rather, a series of emotional situations infused by present moments of recollection. David regards himself as a mature age, emerging artist.

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