Drawings

These drawings of Dorset, France and Morocco are made back in the studio, after walking and sketching in the landscape to try and get to grips with the underlying structure of the landscape. Some of them begin as loose washes of watercolour which are allowed to dry, before developing the image with graphite, charcoal and pencil into a matrix of lines and tonal areas.

Others are monochrome drawings, often with densely worked areas, which have been rubbed down and redrawn to suggest the passage of time and the ever-changing nature of the landscape. The tracks and traces of human and animal occupation occur in places to suggest the landscape is inhabited, as do the presence of domestic dwellings and farm buildings.

I like to take the viewer on a journey through the drawing, as if they were on a walk and had to find the way to their destination. There is a deliberate tilting up of the picture plane into a semi-abstract aerial view of the landscape in which the principles of linear perspective are hinted at, but not strictly adhered to.

Coombe Farm

Dorset Clouds

Field Boundaries

Florentine Cypresses

Foothills of the Pyrenees

Inset

Minervois Dawn

Moroccan Oranges

Ouarzazate Rooftops

Prickly Pears in the Ziz Valley

The Cobb at Lyme Regis

Golden Cap

Landslip

Chart Knolle

Sea Glimpse

Fuller's Earth