“Nature is a Solace, a rhythm a reminder that we are all part of a cycle, it is the source of joy
curiosity, contemplation and fear”.
That is a quote from the introduction I wrote for my last exhibition with Long and Ryle’ Seen\Unseen” in 2018 and it feels appropriate to use it again.
On our recent lockdown as our worlds shrunk to the nearest local outdoor space and if we were lucky our gardens, nature has felt very important and during this extraordinary time nature has been kind. The most beautiful spring has meant many of us have been able to see our small worlds under clearer skies, hear bird song not competing with traffic, trees blossoming more abundantly than in years, because we also had time to pay attention.
These small painting were made during this spring in my temporary studio at home. The blossoms and flowers are ones I encountered on my daily exercise, walking my dog in the local park. I come home every day with new subjects.
That paintings are all oil on gesso my favourite medium and are painted life size, imperfections and all.
‘Just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,
do not walk by
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.‘
- Mary Oliver from ‘Invitation’