I found myself producing a mixed bag of work from turquoise seas to misty, moisty mornings, watching the Blockhouse appear and disappear in that mystical yellow light that sometimes pervades the island.
This series of work inspired by Tresco begins a new phase that explores my deepening relationship with the wild, beautiful and unique coastline and moorland, which, as elsewhere, is under increasing threat because of global warming.
I am always drawing, looking at the landscape from new angles, searching for a glimpse of an exciting composition. Sketches and notes are made on the spot and then I will return with my full kit of paints and mixed media, hoping to capture something of the enormity of the landscape that is before me. I try to finish my paintings in one sitting when outside because experience has told me that the weather cannot be trusted to repeat itself!
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.