Steve Dodd paints the places he feels the deepest connection to; the landscapes of the city he has lived in all his life, Portsmouth. In his harbour-side studio, he works with swift, gestural brushstrokes to transform the sketches he has made from life into finished pieces. Often this means he will paint different versions, trying alternative colours and compositions until hitting on the truest evocation of the source material that inspired him
An abiding influence on his work is the teaching of Miles Richmond, himself a pupil of the great David Bomberg, who advocated sincere and thorough observation combined with spontaneous techniques. That is why there is always a conjuring act between intention and the unexpected in Dodd’s work. Each of the paintings he undertakes provokes new and unrehearsed challenges for him and represents a record of the pleasure found in the struggle to make it.