The summer of 2021 finally saw me able to go back into the landscape that I love. Suddenly, travelling the little distance to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast footpath became a huge adventure, filled with utter delight and a euphoria of being back where my heart sings.
This piece is one of three, painted together, after returning to Porthgain on the north Pembrokeshire coast. It works as an individual piece, or as one of a pair, or as part of a triptych.
Walking along the cliff tops, and under the towering faces of the old quarries at Porthgain, with their crags looming over me as the sea crashed below, was both exhilarating and humbling. Penclegyr was where the diorite was quarried, right next to the sea. The only way to get it to the harbour was by long tramways: their rusted rails and gnarled sleepers still visible along the cliff tops today.
These works developed through the summer: over repeated visits to the sites to explore and take it all in. I found myself using higher horizons and broad sweeping fluid marks to capture the imposing and beautifully wild nature of these amazing coastal landscapes.