Painting can be compared to catch-and-release fishing: each stage involving an interpretation. I catch and interpret what I see, and the viewer interprets the released image.
For the last three years I have been concentrating on people and their activities. When painting on location, I get a quick painting. There is no time to think: the people will have moved before much thought can be put to the brush, but the rewards are immediate.
I consider a painting finished when I can sense the action in the picture.
Derek Davidson is a post-impressionist painter based in Fredericton, NB. He divides his time between painting and developing iPhone apps.
Besides landscapes, portraits, and still life, his works in acrylics and water-soluble oils are notable for depicting open-air activities, including sporting events and gatherings of people. Not surprisingly, Derek can often be found painting at public events.
He is an active member of the Fredericton arts community and a member of Gallery Connexion, the Annex Gallery Programming and Jurying committee, and the Fredericton Arts Alliance.