East Yorkshire is a predominantly flat and agricultural part of the country—especially around the Holderness area of the north bank of the River Humber—so it takes more effort to find a scene that is not agricultural and I realised some years ago that it is the flatness that stimulates me. There are the big skies, yes, and they can be a subject in their own right, but it’s also the challenge that the flatness presents—what do you do with a landscape in which the only vertical accents might be the telegraph poles, a hedgerow or the occasional copse of trees?
The names of the roads and farms—Marsh Lane, Marsh House Farm—reflect the origins of the land.
The conventional thing to say about painting the landscape would be that it’s about capturing the changing light, the fleeting clouds etc. but in painting the agricultural landscape there is also the longer-term change of the crops as they change from grass-like shoots to ripe crops, to cut stubble and back to bare earth and beneath this seasonal change there is the annual change as the crops are rotated year on year.