Living in West Dorset, I feel inspired by the drama of its steep hills and valleys and the link with an ancient Jurassic past. The permanence of its fossils contrasts with the impermanence of the cliffs, which are constantly eroding. In winter, the structure of the landscape is more evident, especially after
Towards the Light
A Way through the Trees
The Dorset Series
These semi-abstract paintings combine distant views of hills, sea and sky with a closer scrutiny of the etched and weathered surfaces of rocks. I use sgraffito and other graphic marks to describe their fossil traces and delicate linear patterns, while contrasting this filigree lightness with more broadly brushed passages. I enjoy responding to the richness of colour in the limestone rocks (yellows, through oranges and iron reds to grey-blues) finding similarities between their shapes and more recent, man-made forms such as Iron Age burial mounds, strip-lynchets, footpaths and field systems. This series continues my interest in layers of time and the potential for investigating universal links between ancient and modern forms.
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