The Didcot Interpretation
26” x 20” (66 x 51cm) / Acrylic on gessoed panel /£3750
I often wonder why I’m drawn to railways. One explanation is they were the playgrounds of my youth, places of freedom, adventure, larking about. Am I still larking about? Probably. Maybe my interest stems from the fact that, if you wait long enough near a railway a train will probably come along. That got me thinking about probability. I remember once trying to read a book on the subject. It explained the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics. I was about a page and a half in when it struck me the topic was perhaps not for the Master of 27 Gorwell, Watlington, Oxon. I wish I’d stuck with it. The book had a noble cast of scientists: Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin ‘Magic Cat’ Schrödinger. The book came back to me when I titled this picture, which is based on a scene at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. Hence the pretentious title, ‘The Didcot Interpretation’. If you hang around Didcot long enough trains do come along. Very satisfactory I find it.
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I live by the rule, when you’re painting you’re not only making art, you’re making furniture. I use the finest light-fast oil, acrylic and watercolour paints, and work on hardboard. If you don’t damage, burn or submerge the paintings, they should last 1000 years. If they don’t, well, get back to me.