Title:  Rain Heat and Steam
Media:  Oil on Canvas
Price:  £350 Uframed
Size unframed:  60cm x  90 cm
Status:  SOLD

The Chemical plants in Cheshire never went to sleep nor do they now. Whatever the weather or the time of day production carries on and steam and light evidence the continual drive to produce. On this winter night as the rain poured Winnington became a magical place – silent and apparently empty of its workers but brilliantly lit and full of atmosphere, more like a film set than a working factory.

The painting soon became semi abstract so that I could capture the sense of drama that I perceived as I stood in the rain at the main gates of the plant. I was so pleased with the result and with the responses of people who saw and loved it. It became a landmark in my life as I realised that this was one of my better achievements and that I should carry on painting.

General Notes on my Industrial Paintings

Cheshire was once the home of Imperial Chemical Industry, known locally as ICI – valued and appreciated because its production of chemicals employed many residents of the area for many years. The chemical plants should have left a blot on the landscape but in fact their size and beauty left me mesmerised when I first became familiar with them. I needed to paint them and would like to be painting them still. I rarely find anything which inspires me as much as they did.

These paintings are the result of nearly two years work.

Many of them are already sold but signed prints can still be made to whatever size is required.