The more I paint, the less patience I have for romanticism and sentimentality, but being a landscape painter I will never truly be able to avoid these labels and this makes my challenge much more interesting. I don’t want to create ‘atmospheric’ paintings from imagined and inflated concepts of light and nature. To me the beauty and drama is already in the subject and I want to show people this in the most economical means at my disposer. It seems to me that the best painters are those who, with integrity and succinctness use a few marks but reveal a truth and beauty in a subject that people would never have seen otherwise.
— Fraser Scarfe