ABOUT THE METHODS
I prefer to paint on hardboard rather than canvas because I often scratch and distress the paint. Canvas has a certain cachet but it has no intrinsic merit. It was originally introduced so paintings could be rolled up for transport. I cover the smooth side of the hardboard with six coats of gesso, and sandpaper this until the surface is silky. Finally, I apply a coat of acrylic titanium white and rub this down. The result is a bright white surface, tough and robust, yet smooth and highly reflective. I paint as thinly as possible to achieve maximum colour brightness. I use the finest light-fast water-soluble oils, acrylics and watercolour paints and sometimes mix mediums on the same panel.