Blue roots

Blue roots 96×72 cm

Came across this watercolour/drawing when looking through works that I have at home in Sweden. Although it is part of a large group of ‘fur’-like drawings I like it because its landscape qualities, combined with hints of human/animal bodies, sets it apart from other works. The pools of ‘water’, I think, are quite delicate and seeps into the fur which is undulating, maybe following an underlying mountain range.

Dance II

Dance On (image 70×50 cm)

Another tree inspired monoprint with coloured pencils. I was thinking about the mycelial network connecting trees when ‘drawing’ the roots of the trees. Keeping to mostly red the colour is depicting this support system and the interdependence of living organisms – the Gaia theory depicted on paper.

Dance On was longlisted for the Royal Scottish Academy OPEN Exhibition 2019 – the final selection will be published 23 October.


Staying in my comfort zone of graphite …. although most of these new works in this series are a slight deviation from my usual ‘fur’ works which seem to be hard to step a way from.

Having listened to a lot of artists’ interviews on the net it is clear that most of us make some initial marks, be it planned or experimental, and then we just follow the demands of the work. Beckett saw art as an act of translation and Barnett Newman said ‘one cannot really say it – one can only paint it’. I’ve also come across the view that art is a place for expression, and especially for the expression of that which we are less clear about. So this is what the images are – something that wants to be communicated in this way. Sharp edges and soft layers finding that they are part of the same unit.


What it says on the tin! Inspired by a photo taken in the archipelago on the east coast of Sweden, and trying not to think of Turner’s mastery, this what the end finished product looks like. The colours seem un-naturally bright but are actually somewhat toned down. I think I most like what I did with the sea, it sort of balances the activity going on above.

Oil on canvas.