Since moving to France in October 2008, I have created over 30 new etchings inspired by the landscape here in south west France, and which are named after the places where I walk and sketch.
A couple of years ago I even made a pair of abstract etchings called “L’Automne” to celebrate the autumn colours of the vineyards and orchards that overwhelmed our countryside near my home in Lauzerte in the Tarn et Garonne. For a few short weeks the landscape was ablaze with reds, golds, oranges, yellows and pinks.
Landscape has always fascinated me and I am constantly amazed by the variety of shapes and colours around me. Usually these are seasonal variations, but often they are caused by changing farming practices and by the transitory nature of light and weather. A hillside can be completely transformed by the affects of evening light and shade or – more seriously – by a farmer and his tractor!