The changeable weather and time limit to create the collection forced me to work fast and not overthink it.
It excites me to paint in this intuitive and expressive way, out in the open. As a result, my paintings feel more like a collaboration with the place rather than a reproduction of it.
Being a plein air painter I often have a strategy depending on weather and time of day. It is like a game: sheltering behind rocks on the beach, racing back before the rain really sets in and rushing out as the sun appears for its last farewell at sunset.
I snatched drawing opportunities in dazzling morning sun, in the lee of rhododendron thickets or ancient pines, beneath granite overhangs as squalls hurtled in, against winds ripping at the pages….and in the still moments of a glowing dusk.
Spending one month on Tresco making sketches is the idyllic approach to escaping from reality and focusing on developing a body of paintings. Anyone who has visited Tresco would understand the escapist sensation that surrounds the island.
The island becomes part of me again and things happen very naturally in Tresco time and on the islands terms, bliss. During this trip I was treated to constantly changing weather and a little bit of everything. I hope that I captured a little bit of Tresco time for you.
My work is inspired by the rich textures and shapes of natural forms and landscapes: fragments of sea-worn shells, the rock formations of a battered coastline, a curl of split bark, the dancing light and shadow of woodland, the line of a horizon.
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