David Grieve finds inspiration for his work while walking along pathways through protected natural areas. Recalling the sense of tranquil beauty, he says "The path itself is like a metaphor for life. It is a journey from beginning to end, with ups and downs and twists along the way. The sun shines brightly through the open spaces in the canopy of trees while, in other areas, long dark shadows are cast on the pathway. One thing is certain – the end of the path opens into an expansive field, akin to Heaven as our journey of life inevitably comes to an end." The landscape paintings often focus on one solitary tree standing alone in an open space. His technique of cropping sections allows the observer to focus more carefully on one area without taking the entire piece for granted. The use of rich, organic autumn colours represent the maturity of the tree in the cycle of life, providing the observer with a strong sense of change as the landscapes changes and decays. The beauty found in aspects of time and change is the ever present them underlying the paintings he creates.
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