The Wood between the Worlds
The red earth and trees of this painting were inspired by a trip to Andalusia, southern Spain. The boiler-suited men were originally from photos I took of workers hosing down the dry-docks at Falmouth Docks, Cornwall, England. They fill the refreshing pools of water at sunset, oases in a hot and dry land. Perhaps the two wolves are on their way for a refreshing drink.
The title of the painting refers to a pond filled forest in CS Lewis's Narnia novel, "The Magician's Nephew". Each pond is a portal that provide instant transportation to another world.
The surface of the painting is rich, dense and textured, with a slow build up of layers of opaque paint and transparent glazes. With this technique, the painting glows with warm light and shadows.