0° Longitude Theme
All of my life, I have lived along the line of 0° longitude.
Born in Liverpool, I then travelled the dark line to the Congo. My earliest memories are dark, dark shade under rubber trees, dark leaves of canna lilies, dark tracks where snakes slithered. Electric storms crackling through the jungle beyond our houses.
Then travelling again, on my own, on a white line back to England. To boarding school. A bit lonely, a bit confused but ultimately a softer, cooler, greener place.
Humid Africa, gentle climate England. Back and forth to heat and home to cold and school.
This series of paintings embraces, explores and presents the emotional, geographical and physical elements of these experiences.