"I first went to Cyprus in late Autumn
and found the landscape bleached and arid from the intense heat of
summer, with nothing to inspire me. I returned in May and the landscape
was simply overwhelming, vibrant with colour. Everywhere there were
crops, vines, olive trees and wonderful species of plants that I
had never seen anywhere else."
"In Cyprus, particularly on the on
the slopes of the Troodos, the ground is harder to cultivate than
in Provence or Tuscany and the hillsides have been sculpted to create
terraces on which to grow vines and olives. Perhaps more than anywhere,
the Cyprus landscape offered me the opportunity to use vast swashes
of colour against which the foreground plants of bewildering variety,
create tremendous spacial depth in my paintings"