Hugh Rice Art Blog
I am about to travel back to my homeland - N. Ireland- for a few months of living and painting in a completely new setting. And it is always difficult for me to make the transition. Here on the Canadian prairie, I paint on large canvases and use lots of paint to capture the endless sky and the flatness of the prairie. In Ireland, I am inspired by the completely different landscape of the Glens of Antrim. My work is small, and wet and fresh --depicting the headlands along the sea and the hills and mountains and patchwork fields of early spring in the Glens. I cannot paint prairie landscapes in Ireland and I cannot paint Irish landscapes in Canada.
People tell me my style changes as I cross the Atlantic-- and they are right.
But what they might not see is that both landscapes inspire in me the need to experiment and apply paint in a new way or in an old way with a new emphasis or colour palette.
That is how I stay fresh!