This painting is one of my favourites. It is cold yet somehow warm, too. It is wonderfully calm yet also exciting and full of adventure. It was not based on anywhere in particular – but I imagine myself standing on one of the snowy banks and gazing at the purple mountains on the horizon, straining my eyes to see what secrets they hide and dreaming of rowing across to explore them. Maybe I would go alone, or possibly with a group of young and adventurous friends, packed into a small boat with our picnics and our walking boots, the thrill of the journey making the hair on our spines stand on end. I love exploring unknown places, simply for exploration’s sake – what a joy it is that there are so many unknowns and mysteries in life. When I look at the painting this sense of thrill is peeking out from a corner of my mind while the paramount feeling is one of peace; calm; stillness. This is a theme in several of my pictures but I think especially in this one. I believe it is so important to make time for stillness in life to give us fresh perspective and provide a little relief from any overwhelming emotions – even just a moment here and there can make all the difference.
Oil on 10″x12″ artist paper, mounted, framed and ready to hang.