This series of paintings is an interpretation of the tarns around Cumbria. Should you walk up to take in the view you will not find trees or flowers in such a full, intact, flamboyant manner.
Cumbrian Tarn - Scales Tarn
My first painting in the Cumbrian Tarn series depicts Scales Tarn beneath Sharp Edge. In the painting, Blencathra is on the left at the back showing off it's 'Saddle back' as it is known locally, and Sharp Edge in the foreground.
High in the hills these Tarns were created by small glaciers moving and melting, and I've always imaged in the depths of these Tarns fossils could be found.
Bowscale Tarn - Tarn of the Immortal Fish
According to the poet William Wordsworth and legend there are two immortal fish in Bowscale Tarn, and one of them can speak!?! In the Victoria times the Tarn used to be a popular tourist attraction. Victorian visitors were brought to the Tarn by pony to observe its wild and moody setting.
"And both the undying fish that swim
Through Bowscale-tarn did wait on him;
The pair were servants of his eye.
In their immortality;
And glancing, gleaming, dark or bright,
Moved to and fro, for his delight"
People have told me they see lots of inspiration in these paintings, from Aboriginal to a Buddhist art influence. David Bowie once said that, "All art is unstable. It's meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice. There are only multiple readings". Obviously he was talking about art in general - not my painting. I just let the painting take me on the journey, it dictated what colour to paint the flora and fauna and where to add in those blocks of colour. Scales Tarn was the first painting I produced on a canvas and the first not to have a bold black line around everything. I well and truly stepped out of my comfort zone.