"Stone holds the memory of landscape and praises the silence of time."
John O' Donoghue
Of all the materials used from earliest times, stone is undoubtedly the most enduring, remaining on the landscape for thousands of years as a mark of humanity.
It is a universal material which links peoples and cultures and ages, expressing some deep inner need, connecting with mysterious and the unexplainable.
This is a quiet homage to the beauty and strength of stone.
I've always drawn stones, for ideas for sculpture or as part of my landscapes. Seeing them nearly as an anchor that grounds the rest of a painting.
This new series is totally devoted to just the stones themselves. While drawing them, I thought of how each stone supported the one underneath and how they had to lean to one side or another to strike the balance. It is a reflection of family, friends and communities and how we can not really be without them.