My work has always had an environmental theme and is often dystopian and a little violent in its expression. When I started to paint these quiet, misty scenes, I wasn't sure why I was doing them. But then I realised: I had my second daughter in May 2023. When we have children, we want to protect them from the harsh truths of the world for as long as we can. These idyllic scenes are keeping reality at bay, showing the world we want our children to inherit. Yet there's always mist obscuring the distance, the future which we cannot quite see.
Some of these are inspired by my photography around Lancashire, where I spent my own childhood.
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