Geology inspires the analysis of the landscape; this has brought about a body of work primarily concerned with form. A plethora of media engages with the idea of landscapes as harmoniously destructive and reconstructive. The simultaneous opposing aspects of nature inspire the newest avenue of work where macrocosm and microcosm cannot be ignored. Can the work communicate both the intricacy of the atom and the sublime of a cosmos?
The landscape viewed in the context of geology is inescapable in Wales. Eroded Mountains once the size of the Himalayas in the North, wrapped in 750 miles of coastline exposing the subterranean, rivers carve, glaciated valleys aplenty and the old Welsh industries often driven by coal, slate or ore extraction, saturate the Welsh landscape.
The way in which I paint is mimetic of geological processes; erosion, saturation, crystallisation, alluvial fans are among many. However, the geological inspirations are not limited to the paintings. Photography, drawing, map manipulation, intricate hand-cut work and translating the paintings in to scientific maps extend the geological fascination. But without the paintings none of this would be possible.