Reflections on Robert Kelseys approach to painting.
The quality of light on the landscape is most important to me.
The main interest and challenge of painting lies in capturing the particular translucency and clarity of light in different locations, all over the world.
Over the past two decades or so, principally as a result of his twenty successful solo exhibitions in London, Robert has established an enviable following and reputation for his sensitive and atmospheric oil paintings, and especially for his beach subjects.Ive painted beaches and seascapes for more than 40 years, he explains. But gradually they have become more welcoming, warm and sunny places, and so I often paint in tropical and Mediterranean locations as well as in the UK.
Its that sort of atmosphere that I am after, preferably with crystal clear turquoise water and stretches of soft sand.
I like peaceful, remote places, such as can be found in the Hebrides and along the west coast of Scotland.
One of my most memorable experiences was a visit
to Barra a few years ago, where I have family connections. My father was born on the island in 1906. I was immediately overcome by the beauty of this gem of the Outer Hebrides, with its vast flat beaches, sparkling emerald water, and huge sky.
I also often visit Cornwall, where the light is quite different, while other familiar and inspiring locations include Brittany, Sardinia and the Caribbean.