"Chasing Sublime Light was based on the travels of eighteenth and nineteenth century artists - such as Turner, Girtin, Cotman and Sandby - in search of Sublime landscapes in northern Britain. The word ‘Sublime’ at that time had a more specific meaning than today, describing awe inspiring or even terrifying landscapes, and these were found in the wild and mountainous areas of North Wales, northern England and Scotland. I made trips following the routes of these landscape painters, responding in my own way to the areas which they visited and the places which they painted. I responded to what I found - in some cases landscapes had barely changed in two centuries; in other cases lorries and traffic signs appear in my paintings, reflecting the urban and industrial expansion that has massively changed some parts of northern Britain.
The experience of the Chasing Sublime Light project has given me a much broader view of British landscape, and of the painters who focussed on it. I think it is fair to say that as a result I am travelling more widely within Britain, and that I am looking at, and painting, a greater variety of landscapes.”
David Tress, May 2011