2007 I made two visits to Lapland in the Arctic
Circle which inspired me to respond to the experience
in paint and clay. These were shown at the Great
Atlantic Mapworks Gallery, Falmouth, and the One
Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, U.K.
The first frosts arrive in September and the
northern "taiga" (or forests) turns into a
glowing tapestry of colour - the season of Ruska. 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.