Statement for Monad

I usually have a fairly clear idea when I start a painting of how I want it to look when it’s finished. But once I start work, the more the painting develops, the more I become aware of the difference between what I planned to do and what I have actually done. The process of finishing the picture therefore is to a certain extent a question of coming to terms with what I’ve actually done and relinquishing the original conception. The final stage - getting the picture to work as I want it to - always goes on longer than I expect. I just keep looking at it and working on it week by week until I have taken it as far as I can - which is sometimes too far - then it’s finished.


Published in Monad magazine, Issue 1, Summer 1964