Mental Landscapes

written by William J.R. Curtis


My abstract paintings and drawings suggest many things – the sea, clouds, rock strata, the forest – and yet they cannot be pinned down to any particular subject. They remain ambiguous. There is a strong emphasis on materials, yet the aim is to explore the immaterial. A work of art may suggest the layers, levels, traces and atmosphere of landscape while evoking some invisible spirit. In turn it may touch hidden recesses of the memory and the imagination. Form and idea need to achieve a vital tension. A work of art should communicate intuitively before it is understood.