David Knowles is a Contemporary Romantic Realist Artist. He paints the bright, intense light of life in New Zealand, where he lives and works from his home in Woodside, near Greytown.
"Wherever I am and whatever I'm doing, I see paintings. I see concepts, ideas, people and places that I develop in my mind and then paint. Some ideas germinate and then over time develop into a need to be expressed.
Before I begin sketching and before making a mark of any kind, the painting has already been created in my mind, but the challenge is to bring the idea to life. Sometimes it can be a battle, but as the idea strengthens and quietly develops, the work flows.
I am a deliberate painter. Every touch on the canvas is essential. However a lot of how I develop a painting is instinctive. A lot of what I do, I do because it feels right.
Everything I paint is visually expressing an aspect of my very positive 'sense of life'.
I enjoy everything about painting, from the overall sense of free creative power to the tactile feel of the paint stroked onto the canvas. I love to paint."