Richard May has spent much of his life teaching – encouraging children to persevere, think and try hard, especially when things were difficult to understand and the going got tough. He was forever saying ‘practice makes perfect’ and quoting Yoda (‘Failure the greatest teacher is’) to anyone who’d listen. Recently, he decided to step away from teaching, take his own advice to persevere and practice, and focus more time on developing paintings.
The work on display represents the time since stepping out of school life. The majority is painted in acrylic. Richard says "I’ve always painted with oil paint, but I always feel the need to learn something new; working with acrylic paint is not the same at all and I’ve really needed to practice and think differently."
Abstract painting can be as challenging as anything else to develop – it has a language of its own and can appear not to be attached to reality. However, Richard’s work is rooted in landscape, experience and memories - the paintings he makes are all linked to real events and places - some more obviously than others.
Showing daily until 30th September 2021 at ARCH Window Gallery: Aspire Ryde, 35 High Street. For sales, Aspire shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 4.00pm