I have recently started looking at the forest once again for inspiration. I enjoyed creating the woodland series three years ago and felt that there was more i could explore. This time around i became interested in the traces people leave behind - cut branches, litter, paint marks etc I found areas where people had recently left their mark - no longer present but traces remain. As well as the man made trails there was also the more natural causes of change - trees broken by wind and storms, creating unusual forms and textures. The forest never stays the same.
Aside from this surface visual level of interest, the new work will also look at themes of stillness and presence - being in the moment without thought, absorbed in the surroundings. The idea is that the paintings capture this feeling as well as documenting the changes of time on a visual level.
The first painting in this series, "Renewal" has just been completed and i am really pleased with how it worked out. I feel it has captured the essence of what i want to convey. This can be viewed in the Woodland section of my website.