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House on the Hill

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House on the Hill 2005
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Acrylic on board 10.5 x 15 cm

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About the Picture

This romanticized vision of a dynamic landscape driven by forceful lines and undulating passages is a real place for me. Whilst in no way a drawing from life, the landscape is that of Cleeve Hill, near the village of Bishops Cleeve (just outside Cheltenham) where I grew up (from the age of 5-22). It is a bleak windswept few miles of common land, interrupted by wash pools and ancient burial grounds (Bellars Knap). I have always felt strangely at home there, as the light draws low in winter. This house on the hill is a wishful retreat, a contemplative home I visit whenever I can.

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