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."