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Landscape

#1120 The lagoon

#1120 The lagoon

Inspired by my love of Thailand and Thai women

#1124 From vines into darkness

#1124 From vines into darkness

Old houses amongst the vines of the Swan Valley in Western Australia, but what is beyond the vines? Highly textured with dragged paint and glazing, I allow the painting to take over and tell me what to do.

#1125 The view across the Mekong

#1125 The view across the Mekong

The view across the Mekong from our guesthouse Thailand Painting Holidays

#1123 Sunset of fire

#1123 Sunset of fire

#1102 'Wonderland' 102x76 cms

#1102 'Wonderland' 102x76 cms

This is based on a real scene on the south bank of the Swan River. I textured the canvas with acrylic modelling paste and then drew the scene loosely using violet and white acrylic paint. I then painted in colour using brushes and colour shapers in acrylic. I painted with total intensity, without thinking, the painting, the colours, the shapes, the marks just took over.

#1113 'A secret song' 121 by 152 cms

#1113 'A secret song' 121 by 152 cms

A painting of a waterfall in John Forrest National Park not far from my studio/gallery in the Perth Hills of Western Australia. This was a commission

The Australian Outback with figures.

The Australian Outback with figures.

The Australian Outback with figures. The essence of the Australian bush

Salt water and seagulls

Salt water and seagulls

Right panel of a diptych painted as a commission. With ships, seagulls, cranes inspired by John Percival and Fremantle Harbour. Painted by Jeremy Holton

Salt water and seagulls

Salt water and seagulls

Left panel of a diptych painted as a commission. With ships, seagulls, cranes inspired by John Percival and Fremantle Harbour. Painted by Jeremy Holton

Moonlight

Moonlight

This is the second in a series of paintings of moonlit views of the Darling Ranges escarpment. If you have been there you will recognise the winding tracks, rounded granite boulders, sparse straggly trees and armies of black tree grasses, burnt by fire and marching with their spears raised in silent salute. Waiting for the night when they will be free to roam again across this wild and beautiful place. Beware for there are things here that you do not understand.

'A paradise for poets' oil on paper

'A paradise for poets' oil on paper

The Swan River, Perth, Western Australia. Somewhere near Mosman Park or Dalkeith. A romantic view of houses and trees emerging from the mists of morning

#1065 'The Weir'

#1065 'The Weir'

I live in the Darling Ranges of Western Australia in the Shire of Mundaring. In the 1890s there were great gold rushes in the Kalgoorlie Region 330 miles (530 kms) east of here. The area has very low rainfall and the provision of water for an exploding population became a major problem. It was decided to damn an area near here to create a huge lake and build a pipeline through uninhibited bush to take the water to the goldfields. CY O'Connor was the engineer in charge of the project.

#1109 'The Great Outback'

#1109 'The Great Outback'

This painting of the Outback Australian desert was inspired by the Olgas in the Northern Territory. Like all of my paintings it is mainly imaginary.

#1106 'Faraway kingdom'

#1106 'Faraway kingdom'

I reworked an old painting from my imagination, so it is a universal landscape and can be wherever you want it to be. I was listening to 'The game of thrones' book while I was painting so there might be some of that in it. Far kingdoms and a path leading into a forest of colour and the unknown future.

#1017 'Under Milkwood'

#1017 'Under Milkwood'

Tar, salt and the cries of gulls. The town is asleep. Just the sound of water lapping against hulls. There is a sense of anticipation. Something is about to happen.

#1108 'Timeless Paradise'

#1108 'Timeless Paradise'

The sun setting behind the houses on the hillside in the stillness of the late afternoon. Like all of my landscapes they are drawn from reality but take on a life of their own to become universal landscape, to become timeless, to become paradise. Is this a place you know?

#0846 'The owners'

#0846 'The owners'

Castles on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia. I look and I see the colours and blocky shapes but I never see The Owners

#1099 'The sound of the night'

#1099 'The sound of the night'

At first you think the night is silent, then as your eyes gradually begin to see and darks shapes turn into deep reds you begin to hear. The moon is a cold white but somehow the trees in front of you are gold and the scratching scrabbling sounds begin, punctuated by shrieks and distant moans. You are not alone, but the endless life and death dramas of small creatures will not harm you. You are safe here in the Pilbara, enjoy the colours, the presence of the rocks and the sound of the night.

#1001 'Joie de vivre'

#1001 'Joie de vivre'

A magical painting of a magical place. As always the banks of the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia inhabited my imagination. I celebrated it with colour and cascading shapes

#1093 'The Driller'

#1093 'The Driller'

This painting is a modern version of my Cloud Street - the Diviner painting. It was done for a Perth 'then and now' exhibition. It was painted over a previous painting #0698 'Golden Water' and some of the original painting has been retained. As in all my work, I had no set plan and the painting took over and invented itself.

#1003 'Only'

#1003 'Only'

The banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia are crowded with huge and opulent mansions. Obviously the products of considerable wealth and yet they appear empty. Uninhabited like giant skulls with cavernous black eye sockets they stare at the beautiful river like an abandoned city in a lost world

#1041 'Lost in vines'

#1041 'Lost in vines'

I have painted this view of a cottage in Campersic Road in the Swan Valley of Western Australia several times as I love the way it is hidden amongst the trees and vines. The Swan Valley is one of the main wine growing districts of WA and has many wineries including Sandalford and Houghton's http://www.swanvalley.com.au/. I used to be artist in residence at Sandalford and I enjoyed chatting with the visitors tasting wine as I painted. For this work I used oil paint which I dragged over the wor

#1039 'Colours of time'

#1039 'Colours of time'

Houses along the bank of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia in wonderful colours

#0801 'A river at my garden's end'

#0801 'A river at my garden's end'

'The lovely patterns of the houses on the banks of the Swan River are a subject that has fascinated me for a long time. In this case I was attracted to the subtle colours and tonal greys of an autumnal dawn. The quotation is from ‘Imitation of Horace’ written in 1714 by Jonathan Swift.

#0773 'For those who dare'

#0773 'For those who dare'

The title usually comes out of nowhere but it helps me work out what (if anything) the painting was all about.   I think the painting depicts the beautiful mansions on the shore of the Swan River as great castles or prisons.  Somehow there is a bleakness about those empty windows and I wonder wether the magnificent ramparts of these expensive and large structures are designed to keep the outside world out or to imprison their inhabitants in glass, like a specimen preserved in formaldehyde in a

#0640 'Camelot'

#0640 'Camelot'

Comments by other artists made in web critique group "Hi, Jeremy! It is fine art work! Harmonious combination colors create soft mood and pleasure for eyes.It like for me very much. Best Rgds! Vladimir." "i gotta admit i like these suburbs too, reminds me of the cape town coastal area. the colours are all very harmonious" " bravo, beautiful composition ! by the colors and the forms that makes me much think of paintings of Paul Cezanne, with certain landscape of Provence

#1046 'Awakening'

#1046 'Awakening'

Dusk and the blues of twilight a house and flowers in the Swan Valley

#1047 'Tower of light'

#1047 'Tower of light'

The tower of Winthrop Hall in the University of WA dominates this landscape of Matilda Bay. A place with so many memories. I used to take American visitors to the restaurant which is now the Matilda Bay Restaurant where we would eat on the open air deck and watch the pelicans soar over the river traffic and listen to the parrots in the nearby trees. They always fell in love with Perth at that place and many settled here. My daughter, Kyla, got married at Matilda Bay and I learnt to windsurf

#0997 'A land of sun'

#0997 'A land of sun'

With its Mediterranean climate and long hot dry summers, Perth, Western Australia really is a Land of Sun. for many years I sailed the Swan River in the long twilight and gentle heat. For me this painting tells that story

#1085 'Echoes of the day'

#1085 'Echoes of the day'

I call the track that runs from the Great Northern Highway down to the Gibb River Road past Tunnel Creek "Limestone Road" as there are fossil Devonian coral reefs all the way. This creates a wonderful landscape of rounded reefs caves, boabs and palms. There are crevices, hidden valleys and caves in which animals hide in the heat of the day, so too do the ghosts which wait for dusk, oozing from cracks and floating down the track seeking stragglers from the day.

#0795 'Between dusk and dawn'

#0795 'Between dusk and dawn'

Vines trees and colours of the Swan Valley, Western Australia

#1092 'Perth by night'

#1092 'Perth by night'

A fairytale Perth by Night. I love the jumble of buildings on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. I have painted them so many times and each time it is new. Dreamlike with the translucent sailing boat, perhaps this place exists in concrete and glass perhaps it is only in oil on canvas and a distant memory.

#1087 'Deep Blue Day'

#1087 'Deep Blue Day'

A friend of mine used to say that the sky is much bigger in Perth, and so it is. With our dry climate the stars are closer as well. Most of all its the Swan River that makes Perth the wonderful city it is. I have so many memories; of wading chest high at night trawling for prawns phosphorescence glittering in the clear water, of Saturday afternoon dingy racing, SCUBA training at Blackwall Reach, drunken noisy boat parties, wind surfing......Above all its Blue, the sky is Blue, the river is Bl

#0839 'The village'

#0839 'The village'

A village in the north of England where the houses cluster together for warmth and protection from the surrounding moors.

#0992 'Sunrise - Bunker Bay'

#0992 'Sunrise - Bunker Bay'

Bunker Bay is a lovely place in the SW of WA near Yallingup. I was there before dawn and the colours were muted and cool. Then the sun struck the cliff opposite me and the air was filled with gold.

#1023 'Red ship'

#1023 'Red ship'

The power of naivety and ships in the harbour. This painting was influenced by one of my favourite artists John Perceval. Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia

#1040 'Valley Song'

#1040 'Valley Song'

The Swan Valley in glorious colour

#1072 'Silver moon'

#1072 'Silver moon'

Moon rising over the Darling Ranges in Western Australia. This is typical of the landscape near where I live in Mount Helena in the Darling Ranges east of Perth

#0741 'Mosman romance'

#0741 'Mosman romance'

GALLERY: There is something very romantic about this painting with the houses like castles in the sky and the deep reds under the cliffs. The woman and dog are hardly visible but give a sense of grandeur and scale. ARTIST: "I worked on this painting over a long period and it went through several versions. It is a real view and those houses exist but they have been progressively modified as the painting changed shape and meaning. Somehow I wanted the lightness and joy of the sky

#1011 'House by the river'

#1011 'House by the river'

A very quick sketch in oils of an imaginary scene along the banks of the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia. A very popular painting

#0715 'Driving into the sun'

#0715 'Driving into the sun'

GALLERY: Driving along Hay Street in Subiaco in late afternoon all you can see is the sun the dark shapes of cars and reflected sunlight. That is exactly what Holton captures in this work, except the sun is not dazzling but muted and the painting is full of rich golden tones contrasting with the cool shapes and shadows. ARTIST: 'It just felt like driving into the sun."

#1037 'Salad Days'

#1037 'Salad Days'

The Swan River a lyrical imaginary view based on Bicton/East Fremantle

#1033 'Wild beach'

#1033 'Wild beach'

The Swan River foreshore near Dalkeith, Perth, Western Australia

#1074 'A window into time'

#1074 'A window into time'

The painting captures the essence of one of the last great wildernesses the Kimberley region in the far NW of Western Australia. The wonderful waterfalls and gorges filled with wild rivers in the wet. The intense red colours and luxuriant vegetation. Beneath all this lurks a mystery of a land which has been inhabited and worshipped by Aboriginals for thousands of years. When I started painting this I work with such intensity that my eyes watered with tears.

#0783 'Riverside'

#0783 'Riverside'

Cascading houses and Norfolk Island Pines on the banks of the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia

#1066 'Cool blues'

#1066 'Cool blues'

Granite outcrops, blackboys, thorns and seed pods and the distant city are all part of the Darling Ranges escarpment which has influence so much of my art. This is one of the moonlight over the escarpment series.

#1063 'Sundays in Hobart'

#1063 'Sundays in Hobart'

I did a rough sketch with a reed pen and ink. Then I worked into it with oil pastel. I wanted to capture the scratchiness of Hobart, the choppy water and the sun on Mount Wellington. I liked the colours but it was a bit boring so I destroyed it by covered the whole painting with violet pigmented ink. Now it was obliterated, I set about trying to find it again by scraping into the ink with a palette knife sometimes carefully like a palaeontologist unearthing a fossil; sometimes vigorously

#1062 'Encounter at Wineglass Bay'

#1062 'Encounter at Wineglass Bay'

It started as a promontory at Wineglass Bay in the Freycinet National Park in Eastern Tasmania. As always the painting took over and I had no idea where it was going. The promontory became a wild island with writhing trees, rocks and caves surrounded by space and mist. The painting wanted a boat, so I gave it a boat with a seated man resting his oars and staring at me and a strange man standing in the bow…looking, looking. A story emerged but I can’t tell you what it is because I don’t kno

#1034 An imaginary view Swan River

#1034 An imaginary view Swan River

An imaginary view of the Swan River foreshore

#1053 'A place without time'

#1053 'A place without time'

As the Toodyay Road winds its way down the escarpment into the coastal plains, on the left there is a hidden valley where huge boulders and trees have a presence like Hanging Rock near Mount Macedon in Victoria. It is a place to stop and to listen and to feel the hairs at the back of your neck.