Colin Halliday reminds us of the simple beauty of landscape. Influenced by the works of John Constable, Paul Nash and John Sergeant,he confesses that he is overwhelmed by the beauty and timelessness of landscape and it remains his chosen subject.
Halliday paints alla prima 'wet on wet’ using a reduced colour palette of pure oil paint - cadmium yellows and reds, lemon yellow, blue ultramarine, titaniam white and cerulean blue. He paints en plain air, painting quickly to maintain the energy in the marks, re-painting what does not work. The end result is that he creates pieces that pulsate with energy and life, giving a genuine sense of light and colour. The sheer physicality of the impasto technique; thick and generous and expressively applied, helps make a piece of work an object in its own right. From a distance, the detail is apparent but as you move closer all the marks and colours appear in isolation. The more complex that apparent simplicity seems, for Halliday, the better. In this way he seeks to show the layers, the depth and the beauty of his work.