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'All art is a memory of age old things; dark things whose fragments live on in the artist’ Paul Klee

Places seep in to our subconscious. Intertwined with experiences and memories, over time they resurface, mutate and the disassembled spaces, fine tune and re-present themselves. These images can spill out, or be drawn out, sometimes struggling to re-emerge. They often reappear in my semi-abstract work as symbolic figures, animals, birds and evocative landscapes; spaces where flying is as natural as dreaming. Receptacles of time, these places are emotion filled spaces, where stories can be told, questions posed - where the physicality of the landscape is more than a backdrop and has an active and dynamic role.

10 years ago I left my little cortijo 1000m high in the Spanish mountains of Almeria living there for a decade to return to Wales. The landscape can be remote, desolate and at times uncompromising. Yet at the same time the open skies, the rich colours, the qualities and variety of the earth, coated by thousands of almond trees engender a sense of history, continuity and belonging. The attachment to this little house and to the desert landscape in the province of Almeria has been a recurring theme in my work and has become the primary source for my latest paintings. 

Growing up and studying in South Wales, I often reflect on why I feel such an inescapable affinity and attachment to the desert landscape. It is the openness, the liminal relationship of earth and horizon and the sense of richness and space that draw me in and engender a feeling of calm and rightness. Painting and paragliding (flying) have intermingled and afforded me a unique creative perspective. The infinite variety of light and shade is inspired by the relationship between ground and sky, earth and air. From both viewpoints I can experience the light and shadow, the deep red hues of the iron enriched soil through to the palest of buffs contrasting with the deepest black darkness and shadows. Rural life, the culture and rhythms of the land continue to captivate me and inspire my work.

Painting is flirting with the subconscious, using mark making and colour until an image starts to emerge. I rarely start a painting with a pre-planned outcome. For me it’s about deconstructing and reorganising - the abstract marks sometimes seize on and link to a small element that then expands. A work can be ‘stuck’ for days until there comes a point of resonance and a coming together which evokes an emotional response.

leaving the earth - hunting aerial images

Aerial Photography

My painting is interlinked to my aerial photography. For the last 25 years as a pilot of powered paragliders my world has been one of aerial viewpoints, travelling to capture landscapes in many different locations across Europe.

Detachment from the earth fulfils a huge psychological need. I find inspiration, objectivity, and embrace the abstract – seeing the patterns that earth and sky create. The space above us, to me is a real physical space one full of huge energy, potential and sensations.

The transitory play of shadow and form along with the surprising and incidental discoveries I can capture in my aerial photography feeds in to all my work.

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