Roseberry Topping with a Stephen Quiller Flavour. 2014. Oil on board. 60 X 60cm (23 X 23in).
Painted at Hartlepool Art Gallery for Hartlepool Art Club, filmed and recorded. One of many paintings executed during a demo over the years for various groups, clubs and societies.
The most crucial of all the Big Parochial paintings needing to be done was without doubt a representation of Roseberry Topping. This single landscape landmark signifies, with the exception of the Transporter Bridge, the purpose and intent of this sub-division of contemporary landscape painting. Roseberry actually looks like Mont Sainte-Victoire. Cezanne found it difficult to get this mountain in Provence out of his painting brain; much like myself with the hill in Yorkshire, cleverly known as the Cleveland Matterhorn. If you "get" what I'm doing with Roseberry, you begin to understand Big Parochial.
It was Tom Hume, the brilliant artist and ex-Head of Art at Marton Sixth Form College, who said I must use Roseberry in a Cezanne mode, sometime in the 1990s. I said, "I know... I'm already on to it!"
Like "Impression, sunrise over the Tees", "Roseberry Topping after Cezanne" came to this painting series (Big Parochial) very late indeed. It had been an idea, perhaps in the 1980s, and other related Roseberry scenario paintings had "happened" ahead of it.