Going around the Mountain – Artists statement
I am a landscape painter and I enjoy and attempt to depict the tension between order, pattern and rhythm and the chaos coming from raw energy involved in the reshaping of landscape. I attempt to depict the sublimeness of landscape, its ever changing moods and the feeling of awe we experience in front of it.
The paintings in this exhibition explore some of the landmarks seen from the top of Snaefell, east, west, north and south. In the process of trying to discover the way the Mountains and hills relate to each other and the general topography of the island other themes came along. The way the streams, tracks, fields and walls scar the sides of the hills. The impact of the weather on the appearance of the landscape, how much of the hilltop is cloaked by mist and rain.
A little way into discovering the features and character of the landscape I began to discover the character of the sea around the island and its rugged coastline. Rain coming in off Niarbyl, waves crashing in, not the gentle rolling in of the North Sea that I am used to. The beautiful green of the Irish Sea, clean and crisp throwing up stones and seaweed. I have become fascinated by the patterns created by the ebb and flow of the water just as much as the scarification of the hills by the running of surface water.
Above all I have been struck by a sense of awe at the forces of nature that are involved, I still find it difficult to believe Celtic monks crossed the Irish sea in tiny boats to Christianise the Island but can appreciate their desire to establish Kiells in ‘thin places’ so they could be closer to heaven.