… and to mirror the present weather conditions here at Ty Isaf, here from the outset of my painting career, a snowy landscape newly resurrected in a digital image. It was made in acrylic inks and oil pastel and dates from 1996.
Below, a tiny, turbulent rendering of Tretower made a year later, acrylic inks used to conjure an Easter storm over the castle.
We’ve traced this little work and the library will contact the owner in the hope that permission may be granted for it to be in next year’s exhibition. I’d love to see it again.
Before I started painting Tretower, my landscapes held no buildings as I didn’t really know how to do them with any conviction. Most of my work up to then had been along the lines of the snowy landscape, rather bare of mans’ hand save for field boundaries and the odd fence. It was Peter who suggested that I try to use buildings as punctuation marks in the paintings, and the tower served me well because it was there and it was relatively simple to do. No perspective or complicated architectural detail to worry about. Hence the obsessive re-working of Tretower in painting after painting. What I didn’t show until much later, is that there’s a ruined curtain-wall around the tower that was quite beyond my capacity to represent at the time that I made Easter Road, though later I painted the building in a way that looks much more like what you’d find if you visited it today.