Swimming Lanes

Every year for eight years, my friend Viv and I went on lido hops across Britain in my camper van. These paintings are a product of those trips. We would go on long walks and visit every Lido, river, lake and waterfall we could find. I painted large canvases of imaginary swimming lanes, long, clean and blue, through the wooded landscapes, my idea then of a perfect swim. I began to create swimming lane pictures in urban environments, down country lanes, on busy London streets, in parks etc. The small pieces are painted straight on to photographs that I took for this purpose.