TENEBRAETENEBRAE  August 2015 | acrylic on canvas | dimensions: 61 x 76 cm (24 x 30″)

This painting began life in my final year of living in London in 2010, I picked it up again this month. The left side of the painting fought me all the way. Three kitchen rolls and two weeks later, I stood back and thought ‘ok, enough’.

I was in Ripon yesterday (where I met the brilliant organisers of the Great North Art Show) and walked passed a store front with “AUT NUNQUAM, TENTES AUT PERFICE” above the window – it made me stop in my tracks, even though I had no idea what it meant until earlier today. One website quoted Yoda from Star Wars: “Do or do not, there is no try” – I love that.

Ripon store front

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