Jackson's Painting Prize 2021
23 x 30 cm
Living on the coast I see our beaches, littered with plastic and rubbish. Beach cleans & picking up plastic waste goes hand in hand with the sea – yet within our bay, amongst the tangle of seaweed, plastic and detritus there is still beauty as this becomes the new normal. Although we know how bad the situation is, it is astonishing really the amount of plastic – the more you look, the more you see, until it just all becomes a jumble of colour and scrap.
As a landscape painter I am particularly concerned with what is now known as the Anthropocene Epoch*, and more specifically how this relates to the rural environment. Issues such as climate, environment, biodiversity, agriculture & migration underpin my work, whilst considering our transitory existence in relation to the geological age of the Earth.
*An unofficial unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s ecosystems, geology & climate.