“Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose garden.” (T S Eliot: Four Quartets)
Paths in the woods offer many possibilities and choices, reflecting the opportunities taken and missed in our lives. They may be inviting or menacing; dark and winding, or wide and sunlit. We traverse them in hope, and take the risk of not reaching our destination. We feel both embraced or threatened by the nature and prospect of the path.
In these paintings, some very small, others very large, I explore the atmosphere and experiences of walking in the woods along paths known and unknown, quiet and meditative, or mysterious and unsettling. The same path becomes new in an altered light, at a different time, and in a new mood. As with the changing light and seasons, colours change the experience of the paths through the woods and our lives.
I have been inspired not only by my visual experiences of the woods and my journeys through them, but also by the words of the poets who write about paths as journeys and experiences.
You can see some of my work on my website: