British painter John Marshall has spent the last decade deliberately restricting himself to just one subject: the humble cow.
Photographs are the first stage of the process where he looks to find a cow which engages with him in some way, so when he paints he can exaggerate the character and nature of his subject.
The 58-year-old’s East Sussex studio, which is ironically a former cows milking parlour, is where Marshall works on his paintings.
“If the cow is soft and nurturing that’s how I will paint it and if the cow is sort of angry and startled then I’ll try and treat it differently,” explains John Marshall. “It’s the thing that is keeping them unique. It’s more of an emotional portrayal than a photographic one.”
Using a two-foot long brush, he marks out on the canvas where the light should be with black oil paint and turpentine.