Oils, Mixed Media, Charcoal, Ink
Nature revitalises me and I fall in love with each dry twig, a moss covered rock, a glint of sunlight on water, the sparkle of light on snow or the dancing shadows from trees. A special delight is a close up view: grass at the water’s edge, pebbles worn smooth, leaves dancing with shadows, or ancient roots on a river bank. These gifts from nature inspire my work and are stumbled upon along a hillside path or a resting place beside a creek. In the quiet of my studio I recall imagery and experiences. Here an indefinable rapport develops with the subject I am painting and I am challenged to capture the stillness, beauty and mystery of my experience when walking, almost inhabiting the trails. Sketches, photos, memories fuse and blend in creating an intimate portrait of the landscapes that have made such a deep impression on me. I hope they evoke in the viewer the essence of places that I have truly ‘seen’ and have come to know, much like friends.