David Gould began painting landscapes in Italy some 30 years ago, and has carried on with this in South Wales, where he has lived since 1982. He works both in the parks of Cardiff and in the nearby Valleys. He paints these entirely on location and works through close, prolonged and searching observation, and a gradual, cumulative depiction. He seeks to explore the encounter between the energies of growth and light, the constantly changing configurations of colour and surface seen in landscape.
Light, (usually direct sunlight) is always a dominant element, and his painting routine is structured around light. He chooses very particular states of light, which recur at certain times of the day and year, and he is fascinated by the ways in which light and shadow can spread across a surface, dissolving, concealing, revealing or emphasising its features. He usually works in acrylic, building up the work slowly, delicately and gradually over a long period of time, often applying it in liquid form with a small stick, building up the image by means of a great number of small coloured marks.
These paintings celebrate his delight in painting, as well as being out of doors in all seasons, responding directly and closely to the changing states and moods of nature.