This painting was going to depict a stormy sea on a moonlit night but as it developed and I introduced part of Durdle Door rock formation, a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, l tried to soften and make quieter the atmosphere. Thus it became a seascape just after a storm with the moonlight coming from behind clouds setting the scene for a surreal voyage.

I have always sketched and painted from early schooldays. The most vivid of images that continue to influence me today are the heightened chiaroscuro, almost theatrical, spot lit scenes from the brushes of Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Velasquez. On top of these influences came the surrealism of Salvador Dali, the art work of Roger Dean and the marine paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky. Furthermore, the music of Delius, Debussy, Pink Floyd and Moody Blues help to create the dreamscapes of my work.

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