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This painting began with the image of a bright, hinted face in a dark, dominant space expressing something hidden and secret.  As it evolved, the space evoked a cave under a hill and the glow of the face was perhaps like an ancient warrior (like the Anglo Saxon warrior buried at Sutton Hoo with a gold helmet covering much of his face). However, the image suggested hope and expectation, not death, and a plant-like form grows out of the dark space to counterbalance it.  The regular shape of the space also had a womb-like quality, which also reinforces the idea of something precious and hidden.  Perhaps this painting is mostly about the hope of breaking out of confinement.

Poised

Poised

Contemplation

Contemplation

About this work

This painting takes the facial detail of the previous work, which for me offers a serene, peaceful image. The face seems more distinctively that of a woman and the blue and gold evoke religious associations; the composition hints at images in illuminated manuscripts and stained glass. It expresses stillness as something very positive, like contemplation.

Dolorosa

Dolorosa

About this work

Vertically, the ‘Contemplation’ image suggests to me a sad female face, a hint of the grieving Virgin – the Mater Dolorosa.

Exuberance

Exuberance

Zany

Zany

Fury

Fury

Emerging

Emerging

Reaching

Reaching

Submerged

Submerged

Hope 2

Hope 2