I started painting these landscapes, out on field trips to the New Forest and the lush Chines of Poole – in order to catch the moment; the light on a lovely summers day or even when the day was running out. These landscapes are painted ‘alla prima’ – in the moment, ‘en plein air’ – outside on location.
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I was inspired with this new genre of painting by the wonderful ‘cragginess’ of the Jurassic coastline close to where I live in Dorset and where I find the inspiration for my Seascapes and also the lovely and true historical story above. We have many different forms of cliffs – some just of sand and, like this, a hard stone like rock face. Like the Seascapes, for which I am well known locally, the light here in Dorset is perfect for painters.
The little houses and church on top of the cliff, with the lights in the windows, portrays how in olden days sailors and fishermen would be guided a safe return home from the treacherous seas around the coast, by the wives and widows of the the Dorset villages on cliff tops.