The source material, an old photo, seemed to cry out for this energetic explosion of color. I kept detail to the absolute minimum, instead using thick paint and mostly wide brushes to build up the surface. This transforms a rather tranquil scene into a bold visual statement. Certainly the influence of Van Gogh, among others, is evident. The surface of my works is textured, partly from the way in which I prepare the surface, and partly due to the style of painting, with thick paint applied with energy. This is deliberate, as I want to create works in which the "hand of the artist" is evident.
- Robert Hofherr