The Landscape - Where we wander, reflect and dream.

Our landscape is like the inside of our home, comfortable yet marked by our existence.
But this is a home we share with every other person, and we have to be worried about what we are all doing to it.

The three peaks of the central Brecon Beacons - in both the paintings above.

From left to right - Corn Du, Penyfan and Cribyn.
At around 800m high, these may not be classified as 'mountains', but it is striking how quickly the weather sweeps across.

Landscape Art - 

"The painter's first priority should be to provide a feast for the eye" - This is a quote allegedly from Delacroix (who lived in the first half of the 19th century, so I didn't know him well!), and I strive to deliver just that. BUT - Having spent my career in the artificial environment of large organisations, being pulled to paint in the hills was probably some kind of 'decompression'.

We are surrounded by and constantly reminded of the ecological destruction of mankind's relentless pursuit of economic growth. 

The 'pastoral idyll' is not meaningless escapism. Landscape paintings can offer a counterpoint that is both a reminder of and an escape from the relentless awfulness of city life, to let the viewer see an alternative, to gain uplift, a boost to the soul AND to be reminded that our world is worth taking care of.

Using Format