A look around the studio – April 2023
Every now and again, a new and surprising strand of work emerges. Having spent the past couple of Autumns paying attention to the fallen leaves that get trampled and weather-beaten on pavements and pathways, at the beginning of this year I began to make watercolour paintings based on particular leaves. Working from collected leaves and photos taken in the studio, I am interested in exploring their distinctive forms and structures – trying to reveal something of their character and beauty. Some are close studies of individual leaves, some appear with more abstract elements drawn from lichen and other natural forms. These studies focus on the passage of time, the transitory nature of all things and the way in which a history is revealed in each leaf.
I continue to work from objects collected over many years. How they appear to shift and settle, shift and settle, as my eyes scan each facet and relationship. They are ‘still lives’ – though they are anything but ‘still.’ Perception and representation are active creative processes – always yielding new insights and perspectives.
Trees, rocks, landscape & architecture
Drawings continue to be made of trees – trying to evoke their character and presence – either in relation to landscape or to interesting buildings. Geological structures are an enduring interest revealing, as they do, the passage of time, erosion and weathering.
Lichen drawings & organic forms
My interest in the growth patterns and forms of lichens continues, along with observations of the tracks made by creatures. Marks made by beetles in tree bark, trails made by snails and even the paths made by humans in the landscape – sometimes over centuries – are visually interesting and meaningful.