Eyton’s paintings are concerned with traditional qualities such as depth, rhyming colour, symmetry and balance – but there is nothing rear-guard, conservative or reactionary about his work. Paintings are executed after months of direct observation and draughtsmanship in which the subject is investigated from many different angles in charcoal, pencil and pastel drawings. Eyton constantly searches for the apposite image, a synthesis of memory, fact and sensation, to create a totality of awareness which conveys his physical and emotional connection to a place. The solid monuments of the permanent past – Gothic Temple, Palladian Bridge, Corinthian Arch – vie with the transient effects of changing patterns of weather and light. His handling of paint is expressive, textural and lyrical, with sensuous surfaces created by a virtuosity of touch and achieved by broad and energetic brush strokes and colours which glow with the lustre and iridescence of semi-precious stones: flesh coloured carnelian, feathery whites, gritty matts in earth and ore tones, Naples yellow, ochres, sienna, rose madder, viridian and cobalt blue.