The fist two paintings are by the artist the last one of the three is mine.
Recently it was suggested I look at the work of Pierre Valon an artist I must admit I had never heard of. I found his work fascinating as he used pastel but often with a palette knife.
Another artist people mentioned recently is Camille Pissarro.
Finally the most famous of them all Van Gogh.
I'm not vain enough to compare myself with these greats but it's nice that people see something in my work that reflects their philosophy.
I have studied a lot of these artists and viewed their work in several galleries and it amazes me the effects they have achieved. They have influenced my work considerably but in all of this I hope I have found my own style.
I believe that learning from the masters is a great foundation for a artist and should be encouraged.
I would have loved nothing more than to have sat and painted with some of them.
There is a great tradition of landscape painting in this country and although it may be slightly out of favour at this time, I believe that it should be encouraged so as to capture the countryside as it changes.
Hopefully, it some small way, my paintings continue this tradition.