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    ELECTED IN 2019

    Working from direct observation Matthew Wood produces paintings on location and in one sitting be they landscape or interior. These works are small scale for reasons of practicality, especially when working in the landscape and when walking considerable distances over mountainous terrain, or when crammed into a corner to obtain a view to a window or through a doorway.

    "This process is the basis of my practice where I have developed a method and technique that is both expressive and direct. The challenge of creating a successful painting in sometimes-adverse conditions – from rain and snow storm to darkened corridor or church also adds to the experience of the process of painting. Recently, circumstances caused by the pandemic have meant that I have had to work from a combination of source materials – original paintings and digital photography - in the studio thus enabling me to revisit locations and to rework, tweak and expand on themes."


    Chwilio Safle