Painting and music have been competing but now increasingly complementary passions in John Donaldson's life. Although drawn by the emotional potential of music, John chose to make his living as a painter. Over forty years his colourful, figurative work has leant more and more towards Impressionism - an art movement that he feels is far from exhausted even after the passing of more than a century.

John's subjects have ranged from his early years' painting on the South Downs, the Ouse Valley and the streets of Lewes - via London's Thames, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset - to a more recent preoccupation with the Midi of France, Brittany, the Cote d'Azur, Liguria and the Italian Riviera.

Today he directs his impressionist tendencies to the portrayal of fleeting light and weather effects. This, together with a general desire for greater spontaneity has meant that he has started to move away from the larger studio pieces towards smaller, more expressive works. These are more akin to the ‘live' studies that he has used to create the studio pictures he is known for. He says, "Over the years, my sketches, studies and field work in general have become more rapidly excecuted and appear more 'abstract' as a result. I suppose the more intuitive and personal marks made as an initial response help me remember not just the details of the subject but the feelings evoked by it.

When very familiar with a painted motif, I am often tempted to paint a more free and personal version, drawing from the work I have already done and using lyrical colour and expressive brush and knife-work. These Abstract Impressions, together with my Studies and Studio Paintings are to be seen here, in the Gallery.".


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Group exhibition venues have included Melbourne, Seattle, Annapolis, Los Angeles, Bermuda, Harrogate, Brighton and Bristol.