Graham Lambert . Born 1963 . Living in Didsbury, Manchester

Digital self portrait

"I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it" (Van Gogh). Those words struck me as something close to the way I feel about painting. I'm an amateur painter and just enjoy the process and I love to try out a new subject matter or treatment, and to do a different painting each time. The result means my work appears eclectic but it makes it very enjoyable for me. There is an element of experimentation and the subject matter is mostly about what inspires me at the time. After choosing the subject I have no true idea of how a painting will develop and so I really enjoy allowing it to take shape without much of a pre-formed plan.

I like to find surprises in each work I do, for example an unpredictable relationship of colours or some unexpected dynamism, or a rough undeveloped area of the canvas that I may eventually decide to leave alone.

didsbury art show

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