landscapes of Wharfedale and Nidderdale are breathtaking, but
as this is also my homeland there is a special significance. I spent several weeks
painting there in the summer moving with the strong feelings I
have for that landscape.
several days of walking, drawing and photography a new
approach developed. By working on groups of two or three paintings
simultaneously and continuously for several days my outer responses to
the landscape became less descriptive
and more assimilated. I worked in oil paint on canvas with
found materials. Sometimes they were left overnight under rocks and tree
roots and this helped the engagement.
richness of the uninhabited landscape my senses
remained open for long periods of time. I found new lyrics in the sounds of the
its grinding, roaring, whispering and murmuring, sometimes
flying through the rawness of the elements to land on an
outcrop of unknown perception. Images arose from the
sensations and felt as though they were
coming through my body onto the canvas, merging with the outer
landscape. Immersion in a dance of this kind releases my need to know
what is happening until after it has happened. The works
arrived and the results have surprised me.
group of wild gorge paintings were painted in a steep woodland
ravine in Nidderdale, where I spent many hours watching the
wildlife and setting up nest boxes when I was young
paintings herald the beginning of a new
journey. Cliff Foss is a waterfall on my
parent's farm in upper Nidderdale where our
family relaxed and my brother and I played as
children. I've been there on many occasions
since, but this is the first time I have been
to paint there.