New artwork from my most recent trip to France
I am delighted to introduce you to my new artwork inspired from our most recent travels through France, from September to December 20I9.
‘The Nut Farm House’ and ‘Nut Farm Views’ depict the countryside in Le Lot region of France. For a month we rented our favourite 15th century cottage in the tiny village ‘Rignac’ deep in the farming heart of this area. Our favourite times were spent exploring less than 100 kilometres in every direction. One area fascinated me, the walnut farms! Patches of cultivated gnarled trees carefully farmed, each tree groomed to perfection. The family homes within view were centuries old attesting to tradition handed down. The steep pitched roofs of slate often swale under the weight. Wild forest skirt farm edges meeting the manicured land. There is a beauty in this man made attention.
Nut Farm House : France Collection
Nut Farm Views : France Collection
‘Standing Stones’ at Carnac in Brittany an area of France I had longed to visit and It was awe inspiring. Thousands of stones stand sentry in farm fields and hidden in forests. Groups of standing are stones are together in pockets about the region, their reason for being is still a mystery.
My fascination with stones began over 50 years ago when I first visited Stonehenge in England. Repeated visits over the decades seem to call, but it was the stones at Carnac who’s mystery is more intriguing.
Standing Stones : France Collection
‘Field of Roses’, old French architecture intrigue me. Our three months this time in France was concentrated in The Lot and Languedoc area of southwest France. We visited many remote villages up into the foothills of the Pyrenees. History of this area is of The Cathars. The Knights of Templar figured prominently in their story. The rose a symbol of The Knights is of course grown outside many old homes.
Field of Roses : France Collection
Read more about our trip to France that inspired these new works.