“My work is expressionistic, more about feelings than representation of the natural world - intuition, reflection, contemplation and the ephemeral, ever changing nature of our reality. The paintings are abstract - palette knife oils, which I find particularly suited to abstraction because of the flexibility and textural feel. Inspiration is particular, often an image from my garden or the countryside around where I live, but the process is experiential. Feelings, experiences and memories fuse as colours and forms merge, until the painting reaches an inner harmony.

The process is similar to the improvisation of a jazz player, a kind of ‘riffing’ around the idea using colour shape and texture. As in Jazz, discordant elements are used to highlight the visual harmony. Reflecting this, jazz and blues tracks are chosen to name the paintings

The outcome is not known until it emerges – indeed many paintings share an initial idea with very different results. ‘Meaning’ lies in how the paintings make the viewer feel and the images and memories which they evoke in them.”

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Francis Iles is a member of the Own Art Scheme (backed by Arts Council England), offering a 0% finance option for our UK customers, for many of the artworks we sell. Find out more