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Wherever I go, different views of nature catch my eye and strike me as being perfect compositions for paintings. This is often because the lighting is just right in the moment, making the landscape look dramatic and atmospheric. I take lots of photographs to use as art reference later on, but photos never seem to look as intense as the real thing and don't express fully how I felt when I was there. I feel that these things can be expressed better in a painting. I do this mainly through the use of colour. Colour is very important to me. I like to include bold colours and often, rather than mixing colours, I put colours next to each other to give the impression of another colour when they mix in the viewer's eye. This optical colour mixing can look exciting as the vibrant colours seem to shimmer off one another.