Local Artist Tony Hinchliffe's Figurative painting "is all about depicting the mood and intimacy within a moment, using a loose approach to my brushwork, trying to be spontaneous while carefully considering placement of strong contrasting values to create depth."
Although Tony paints predominantly in oils he is known to underpaint in Acrylics first ,making the oils behave differently when applied on top. He will often dilute the oil paint with turpentine in the initial stages and use it like watercolour. Tony also teaches figure drawing and painting which means he is constantly examining, tweaking and improving his own process. He has spent a considerable amount of time drawing figures from life which has been fundamental to the development of his style - he will observe the finer details in body language that can suggest all manner of narrative.
In addition to studying people, his main inspiration comes from the outdoors; oceans, landscapes and skies in all weather conditions. "I have a lot of fun exploring the skies in my paramotor, flying above, around and sometimes inside the clouds, the atmosphere and light at several thousand feet can be extremely fascinating and a real challenge to depict with a paint brush."
"I feel I have succeeded when I can look at my finished painting and recall accurately how i felt during the process of painting .a little like re reading a diary."