I have always enjoyed drawing the human form & good draughtsmanship is something that I have sought to under-gird in even my abstract paintings. In my younger days I 'drank deeply' from such figurative masters as Leonardo, Picasso, Munche, Degas, Van Gogh, Hockney & others. Echoes of their 'process' can occasionally be seen in my own work. My use of the naked figure is metaphorical, investigating such themes as: vulnerability, transparency & honesty.
Some of my figurative paintings are 'wet on wet' watercolours on stretched cotton rag paper. (although the most recent paintings are transparent oils on board). In the watercolours I have reduced my colour pigments to just three (burnt Sienna, raw Sienna, prussian Blue) as my basic primaries. With the oils I have added, ultra marine, viridian green, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, 'orange hue, and 'red hue to my pallette. Many times I use no white or black, but instead rely upon the white of the paper, or the white of the gesso ground on the board, and the transparent nature of the medium, to create a 'luminescence' to the colours in my paintings.