"There is something so direct about the mark that charcoal makes – it demands a commitment and yet it allows you, softly, to smudge the edges."
"The human spirit carves itself upon the face and I love to try to capture it on a second of its journey."
"Still life is life stilled. The picking of fruit and flowers in their moment of absolute beauty contains within it the perfection of life and its inevitable death. I paint to celebrate that beauty."
"It is not solely the subject matter that interests me, it is also the challenges of the medium in which I am working. The rich colours and textures of oils express something different to me than the fluent almost transparent quality of watercolour, the shades of the blackness of charcoal and graphite powder suggest something different again and the randomness of the colours and textures of mixed media have another character.
I am excited by the medium and excited by the
search to find the subject that expresses its qualities."
"Like air, like moisture, watercolours capture the transience of experience and its beauty, and they are unforgiving if you make a mistake."
"How exciting the freedom of using oils, acrylics, watercolours and charcoals together in a way that lets them dance."
"Keating does not mould the light to stress forms but to give plasticity to the enigma of the vision and of man’s memory."
– Fausto Lorenzi