I have lived in Nottingham for over 40 years. I am a member of a local art group, the Spotted Dog Art Group, the Wells-Next-The-Sea art group, as well as the Nottingham Society of Artists.

I stand in the traditionof romantic landscape artists. I draw inspiration from the world around me, and like many artists, it is the effect of light that inspires me, light which can transform what seems to be a very ordinary scene into something amazing and sublime. I find that inspiration can come from seeing the same scene at different times of day; when the direction of the sun can have such a marked affect on the scene before me. The same is true of different weather conditions; those fleeting effects that create a landscape of mystery and magic, that point towards the transcendent in life. If my paintings are too real and figurative, then they will lose that sense of the sublime. If they are too abstract, then they become another world rather than this world.

I attend a Quaker Meeting, and Quakers put a lot of emphasis on the ‘light’ of life. For me, painting is a spiritual journey, where I am seeking to be inspired by the spirit of the landscape. Thus it is important to get to know an area over a long period of time, to capture a feel for it throughout the changing year, and to develop a deep sense of connection. Painting is a celebration of life and living in the eternal present.

My painting is like a quaker meeting, seeking stillness and quiet, challenging the viewer to go deeper into themselves.

I particularly paint sunrises and sunsets. These have symbolic meaning for each individual. They also have symbolic meaning for us all as a society.

For me, Sunsets represent the end of this particular capitalist economic era, with its unrelenting stress on the need for growth in the economy, despite being faced by the destruction of ecosystems. Globilisation has become the last extravagant flourishing of a system in terminal decline.

Sunrises represent the dawn of a new awakening of conscious that will lead to a system that promotes well-being, social capital, full employment and prosperity in the widest sense of the word. It will be based on justice and equality, and will concentrate on enabling our relations with each other, our community and the planet we live on.

The boats I do are symbolic of life's journeys, of setting out for new horizons or arriving safely from the outer storm.

As Friedrich (1774 - 1840), the German romantic painter stated, 'Close your bodily eye, so that you may see your picture first with the spiritual eye. Then bring to the light of day that which you have seen in the darkness so that it may react upon others from the outside inwards.'

I hope you too will be inspired and your spirit nourished and enriched.

Do contact me at riedd@btinternet.com or telephone 0115 9252586