2007 I made two visits to Lapland in the Arctic
Circle which inspired me to paint new work in a new
way. These were shown at the Great Atlantic Galleries in Falmouth, Cornwall,
England, in October 2008.
When the first frosts arrive in September, the
northern "taiga" (or forests) turn into a
glowing tapestry of colour - the season of Ruska.
Walking in the forests bathed in the colour of Ruska
is a unique experience. The glowing lights of amber,
yellow, red and dark green are amplified by the
colours underfoot... patches of purple and pink
bilberries coating slate grey quartzite rocks, or the
powdery yellow-greys of the lichen. This luminosity is
both magical and seductively disorientating.