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Yes,  I only use my own photographic reference, travelling and backpacking in order to experience and record unusual and fleeting moments of light and shadow. Back at my studio, I often use several photographs of one scene or area to make one painting - referencing different elements from each and creating a composition that reflects a more distilled reality, a more idealized memory of the experience. The finished painting may take anywhere from 15 to 300 hours. On a one month trip, I'll shoot an average 4000 photographs, resulting in 20 or so paintings.

In terms of my still life work, I set up the physical objects, light them, then take several hundred photographs.  I aim to get about 6-8 still life paintings from each set up.

Last updated on September 12, 2013 by J Annesley