Although I consider myself essentially a colourist, I have always used landscape as a means of gaining inspiration, as well as, as a way of illustrating my love of the land. To begin a painting, I initially lay down a few lines. I then lay colours next to each other to see how they respond. It is colour that I am particularly interested in, and through putting different shades next to each other, and using the combination of light and dark with different textures, shapes and forms, a painting is born. One, which I hope, is open to multiple options of interpretation and which begins to convey and interpret some of the atmosphere and mood of this vast country. That said, although specific places are sometimes alluded to, my Australian landscape is most often a generalised one.
— John Turton