Concern for the state of the world has occupied my thoughts this past year.
When conflicts, a pandemic and major climatic calamities occur, those most closely affected experience unimaginable hardship. Flow-on effects are felt in many parts of the world and consequently, millions of people are suffering from hunger, cold, trauma, displacement, injustice. There is growing inequality, much of which is due simply to one’s birthplace.
The pervasive sense of unease this engenders has made it hard for me to create things that lift the spirit. Painting pleasant landscapes doesn't feel right when the world seems to be falling apart.
The paintings shown here were made as an angry response to one despot's inhumanity. They remind us of the appalling waste of lives, energy and infrastructure that conflict brings, not just in Ukraine.