Garden Kingdom

This series of paintings, mostly still in process, are inspired by real, familiar landscapes, and the fauna and flora which inhabit them.

"Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is the work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock."   Landscape and Memory, Simon Schama

When we enter a landscape, whether familiar, or unfamiliar,  we bring its essence with us, fuelled by our individual memories as well as fairytales and myths. I use this idea of landscape as a ‘work of the mind’ as a means to express a sense of Heimat, or home: a sense of belonging and identity and with that the recognition of my place in a much older story.

The name for this series is taken from the "Garden Kingdom of Dessau and Wörlitz", a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a magical garden kingdom in which Alice and the white hare would have felt right at home.

Paintings will be added as they are finished.