A picture of David Alderslade

David Alderslade

My artwork is an honest attempt to record the indescribable atmosphere present in wild places at certain times of day or night, historic landscapes affected by dramatic weather and light, and the excitement in sudden encounters with wildlife.

These subjects as inspiration for artworks are traditional, but I believe them to be timelessly important in the experience of human consciousness. I try to renew attention to these universal experiences, through the media of watercolour, gouache, pencil crayon and air-brushed acrylic, employing a contemporary and graphically dramatic style.

Although I will often use detail to describe a scene, I am much more concerned with expressing sensation rather than photographic accuracy. Painting allows me to heighten colours and emphasise aspects of a scene until a picture blends reality with fantasy, in the same way that memories are both vivid and dream-like.