Tints and Tones

A collection of acrylic paintings on wooden panels. 

I had a housewarming party. A new friend, an astrophysicist (met during a singles party in Manchester), came along. She pointed to one of my paintings (Blue/Blue Tone), and said, "that's interesting, that's what the universe looks like". It hadn't occurred to me before, but memories of television science programs came to mind, and I saw what she meant.


The following year, I met a theoretical physicist (through a dating app). I showed her the same painting. She was interested in how I'd made it, and went on to explain that although they know what the universe looks like, they haven't figured out how it comes to be that way ...


 I mix a particular dilution of paint, and with a flat brush spread it evenly over the surface in a simple, economical way. First painting left to right, top to bottom, then turning the work 90 degrees and again brushing left to right, top to bottom. After repeating, nine coats of paint in all, the pattern appears.