This is a fairly characteristic portrait improvisation where shapes based on figures and parts of figures sequentially evolve, this time in a spiral pattern – a technique I have been working on since about 1976. However the structure enclosing the symbol variations is actually derived from an earlier landscape which is itself derived from a local hill and beauty spot. I fancifully imagined the hedgerows forming a spiral going up to the summit when seen from the air. Unfortunately I still can’t fly, even though I have been trying since a child, and the photograph was found on the internet. The landscape has tree variations – again typical of my work
From 1990 until very recently I worked in nature reserves, mainly during the autumn and winter months, throughout Wiltshire (in Southern England) as part of a voluntary management team. However it wasn’t until 2010 with the acquisition of a smart phone that I began to take proper photographs of the woods and downlands where I worked. Some of these images found there way into my “Meditative” landscapes. This work is part of a large series of such paintings, although just to confuse matters this one wasn’t actually from a nature reserve (it wasn’t actually from Wiltshire either but from a wood near the Hampshire town where I now live) but I loved the atmosphere of the photo which I have sought to reproduce in an otherwise uncharacteristically simple picture.
It was painted in 2011 and I sold it several months after completion.