“I had no idea that this painting would grow to this size. I began with the groom on a white
mare, accompanied with an even more inexperienced youngster seated behind him fearfully
clutching the groom .
The painting took off from this image and became pivotal in the expansion of this work. The
choice of colours and the tone of each expanding form was determined by what had already
been set down.
It seemed to me that the expanding shapes and colours were attaining to a life of their own. The
painting, as it developed, was growing out of its own inevitability plying my energy for recording
the entire movement. It was as if I had abandoned myself to forces beyond me.
I would find myself moving forward and then I would find that what I had left behind as done
would start asking questions. My attention would shift to the earlier panels where modifications
This was becoming like a mural which by its nature boarders on infinity. The change is scale
involved a wholly different approach to the way this work was painted.”
A Far Afternoon