Icon Sun Painting Sc0060 120x150cm approx Mixed media on canvas
The inspiration for this painting came from the works of Graham Sutherland b. 1903 an English painter who often used dark colours and was preoccupied by the problems of gravity, suspension, motion and .balance
As a result of Mt Vesuvius errupting , Pompeii was left under a pile of ash, only to be discovered and excavated early in the 20th century. As I walked through the ancient worn cobbled streets of Pompeii, at the foot of Vesuvius on a freezing day in January 1985, pieces of uncovered bodies, artifacts and parts of buildings, lay where they were discovered.
Ice skating is relaxing and exhilerating for me. I started to skate when I was 21 and still go when I can. This is an oil pastel drawing done directly onto a silk screen. The oil crayon is then pushed through the screen with a solvent jell.
The front doors to Sacre Coure, the church on Monte Martre, are at the top of the many stairs that lead up to it. As I stood at the bottom of the stairs looking up, I saw small snowflakes gently floating to the ground, melting as they landed on the footpath. My first cold snow experience.
The dungeons of Castel de Angelo in the heart of Rome, are cold and dark, with extremely well thought out security to stop the prisoners from escaping. Boom gates that open into lions dens and no windows or doors fo escape.
The salt lakes of Lake Austin and Cue are steeped in history and are like museums of the mining industry. Abandoned mineshafts, tailings, rusting metal objects, ceramic debri and remnants of everyday life are scattered around the mining site.
On a bitterly cold, sunny day, walking through the streets of historical Pompeii, the smell of baking bread is in the air. The paved roads are indented by the constant pounding of heavy cart wheels, lined with the relicks and rubble of the past.