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About-03Drawing - Buttermere

My work celebrates the mountain environment and the human need to connect with wilderness.

It reflects the strong affinity I feel with the remote and wild places I visit regularly and make work in. My evocative images transport you to a mountain world of ephemeral, changing qualities - snow, ice, mists, high peaks and far horizons.

Joe Brown wrote of his first sighting of Kangchenjunga from Darjeeling in March 1955, "...I was looking at a gigantic, unearthly shape, boiling inside a tissue-thin bank of cloud... This was truly an incredible sight... It was the first dramatic sight that aroused the imagination." The Hard Years, 1967

My creative imagination is driven by these hints and glimpses, the ethereal juxtaposed with massive solidity.

I strive to capture the essence of the mountain world, the visual contradictions between massive structures and fleeting perceptions, dissolving forms and stark edges, the elemental and the personal.

The high mountains inspire me. I need to get right into remote places, to find the best drawing sites.

The time I spend immersed in the landscape, gives me a deep understanding of how the mountains fit together and a feel for the qualities of rock, snow and weather. I brave the elements to make work to bring back to the studio. I translate the studies I make there into my striking and innovative monotypes, distinctive etchings and evocative watercolours.

Out there, often in hard to reach, difficult places, the connection is both physical and spiritual and is what gives my work its strong sense of place.

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