One hundred years has seen significant changes in the Suffolk landscape. Fields are much larger and hedgerows fewer and sparser. We have lost majestic elms, whilst ash and chestnut trees are increasingly threatened by disease. The number of working men and animals Becker sketched have disappeared and been replaced by heavy machinery.
Only the underlying topography and weather of the east coast remain unchanged. It is these often atmospheric elements that inspire my work, much as influenced Harry Becker in his era. My recent landscape studies reflect my love for the rivers, coastline and countryside of Suffolk. I enjoy showing the glowing light and colours of the region and most importantly, like Becker, work quickly, in the moment. I am grateful for his representation of county-life, his expressive mark making and colour palette that have all significantly inspired my work.
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