"In the Square at Marrakech - Jemaa
el Fna - we had brilliant light in January and February, overwhelmingly
warm and the light seemed to permeate every area. In doing the figure
paintings, what is always appealing is seeing the dark figures in
silhouette against the brilliant light and trying to convey their
activity and movement. All of them were sheltering from the fierce
sun, under umbrellas, with their paraphernalia, creating wonderful
swashes of light on top of the umbrellas and dark passages underneath."
"The scale and incredibly irregular
shapes of the mountains were deeply impressive. Within the mountains
themselves the combination of patterns created by the strata, some
vertical, some horizontal, some leaning at strange angles, were stunning.
Certainly in evening light, the contrast between the very dark hills
and the brilliant peaks, catching the sun in the distance, created
the kind of vibrancy that led me to my first series of Moroccan paintings."
in the High Atlas 24" x 24" 61cm x 61cm
"It was an amazing experience, being in
the High Atlas - the scale, the remoteness and above all the
colour. What deeply impressed me was seeing sequences of colour
that I had never seen before and these were essentially earth
colours, but such a subtle range."
"I think the potency of colour in these paintings, done
in the full light of day, with small stunted trees on the distant
hills, and the trees nearer to me, on a much larger scale,
amid rocks in purples and mauves, were really powerful pieces