Rees says “Inspiration is hard to pin point, over time you become the collective of all your experiences and it is impossible to discount anything from influencing your work.” He is very interested in the technique of painting, and it fascinates him to try and see how a work is constructed by individual brush strokes and so he always tries to see artists who are painting and to study their work.
Rees loves the Italian renaissance, and feels that there is currently a real resurgence for oil painting, a lot of it being figurative. He appreciate many different types of art but really it is painting where my heart lies, saying “There is something very freeing to be able to enjoy a painting just for the technique that has gone into it, I feel it gives the view a real ownership of the work which for me is important.”
Ultimately, inspiration for Rees comes from getting out and seeing what artists are producing. He enjoys browsing works and artists on social media, saying “It can be like falling down the rabbit hole as you each artist leads you to another.”