John Slavin

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The Peaks of the Three Stars

The Peaks of the Three Stars

In the peaceful rolling valley of Sansa the church spire stands. Deep pine wooded sides catch the light. The viewer is framed in a lattice of pine. There is a timeless pilgrim on the path. The peaks themselves are blue and midsummer snow rests there.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Dusk Madres

Dusk Madres

High on the side of Madres we look south into night on the Pyrenees Orientales. At this altitude the massive pines become dwarves. This is midnight at midsummer.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Dawn from Madres

Dawn from Madres

Canigou in featureless blue dominates a sea of morning mist. Perched on a granite peak the artist sees into rocky abyss, mountain lake and rolling green hills. The rays of morning in white traverse the scene.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Cardou Bugarach Canigou

Cardou Bugarach Canigou

The rounded Cardou, the craggy Bugarach and the icy dogtooth peak of Canigou are caught in low light beyond three crests of tree and rock.

Original
Oil on canvas
100cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
View from Saint Salveyre

View from Saint Salveyre

A winding goat path takes us into deepest darkest evergreen oak where spirits of the mountain dominate. The sky is charged with storm and the path disappears into uncrossable valleys.

Original
Oil on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Sarrat Cayrol Forest Dusk

Sarrat Cayrol Forest Dusk

The weary traveller finds an idyllic spot where a fire may be made and a gurgling stream listened to. Among large mossy boulders pine and beech rise to obscure the starry heavens. All is at the extreme of day; only afterglow makes the scene visible.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
In the Forest of Ventail

In the Forest of Ventail

A labyrinth of hunters’ paths leads through this deep forest. Evening floods the deep hillsides and leafy turns with a pure light.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Grotto

Grotto

In the rock and scrub deep dangerous declivities open suddenly exposing their secret caves to the wanderer. Thus the mountain is as low as it is high and filled with an eternal night.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Tree

Tree

Beneath a stormy sky a long and lonely forest path wends its way to the Tree. This ancient individual manifests an arcane alphabet and even suggests the eye of the goddess.

Original
Oil on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Moonrise over Perpignan

Moonrise over Perpignan

The top quarter is sky -- green gray cloud and moon over black sea. Descending red perpendicular rays from the moon on extreme right bleed into barren rock and coiling mists. The palette is restrained but rather than subdued it is stong on contrast. The forms are gigantic -- skyscape, seascape, landscape -- even moonscape. Our eyes descend from the moon through bars of mountain cloud and rock to red, blue, green and yellow interlacing thorn.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Beyond Mijanes

Beyond Mijanes

In a few minutes huge hailstones will fall from above these ancient fingers of rock despite the fact that midsummer is with us.

Original
Oil on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Black Fountain, Tempesta

Black Fountain, Tempesta

A distant blue summer evening is seen from a dark star. Grey rock enters shadow black shape, grains of white upon it. The foot of star mountain is a carpet of tiny pine trees. On the mountain formal patterns of rock-snow snow-rock break the eye up into mercurial yet static detail. The frozen trees on my right, as hail fell, were reappointed with white. Sinister clouds sweep in, large and obscuring. Through the storm I am given an opening to create a metaphor for the human eye.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
April Snow

April Snow

Canigou is distant, still, cold with April snow. Roses and ciste and thorn twine on rock.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
From the Col d'Agnes

From the Col d'Agnes

Beneath a summer sky of pure cerulean blue jagged rocks and snow fields descend in crevice either side of the central gold brown mountain. A Chinese brush has been used to effect the detail, loose yet accurate, of this mountain group seen across a chasm of space from a high foreground. Yellows, greens and vermillions are presented where overpainting is almost indistinguishable from first thought.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Vallespir

Vallespir

To the south beyond Canigou the steep and densely wooded mountains of Vallespir rise beneath a summer sky. Nature seems to take on the forms of its own will, the forms of its own heart's desire.

Original
Oil on canvas
28" x 36"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Bugarach East Face

Bugarach East Face

A heat storm over the sea arrives at the eastern portals of the Bugarach. Terrific clouds rise up in immeasureable swells of brilliant or black cumulus. The sky is green. Trees have been posted as sentinels. A potent earthy red complements the green of the growing storm throughout, as if, in the irridescence of a double rainbow, chords of colour are inverted. The elements seem to modulate; cloud has the qulaity of mountain, air of earth. Red is green, black is white. As the Bugarach rises through and beyond the world so rises the storm, inflating his mirror with hot respiration, a mountain turning in time with the Mediterranean engendered storm in a massive visionary ball.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Cardou from Blanchfort

Cardou from Blanchfort

Across a carpet of pale forest from a rocky precipice of foreground the violent rock form of Cardou rises uninhibitedly into the rainbow dome of sky. Bugarach is visible in the distance to the right. The high valley of the Aude begins here and in mystic correspondence the pentacle of Venus finds one of her starry points.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 31.5"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Axat

Axat

At the entrance of the deep gorge of the River Aude stands a great mass of mountain rock. This painting is made from references to 9th-century Chinese art and from one swift drawing, pencil hanging in blind vertigo.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Gorge de Galamus

Gorge de Galamus

Blue beneath the lifting thundercoulds, the sacred mountain of Canigou is approached from the north through the pink and angry rocks of the abysmal Gorge de Galamus. The green river Agly flows far below.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Sougraigne

Sougraigne

A small scale self-portrait beneath a street lamp, a pilgrim on his way. The church of Sougraigne between the sun and moon. A rose. An eagle. A donkey grazes at the side of a house. The sun crashes down. The moon rises into obscurity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
La Portella Blanca

La Portella Blanca

An image made at the first safe opportunity of a descent from beyond. Midsummer snow fields lead up to impregnable rocks. The sky is turbulent, the way precipitous.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Peak of the Cold Fountain with Crescent

Peak of the Cold Fountain with Crescent

The black mass of the mountain contains snow in its crevasse. The surface is treated in a limited range of green and grey to depict pit, abyss, chasm at this evening moment of moonrise. To the left a tree, a cloud, a crescent, a star ascending.

Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic Negre d'Envalira

Pic Negre d'Envalira

Lemon light streams from a midsummer sun high above. The mountain peak is immediately present, deeply scarred. Pocked with snowy punctuation, the dangerous way permits a view of rocky detail. In the distance left the chain fades to blue.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Roc Jalere

Roc Jalere

This rock with a hole in the middle seems to be an eyeless socket. The white flowers are ciste and the mountain beyond left is Canigou.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside
Beltane Moon

Beltane Moon

Transparent paint crowds the surface with roots, rock, waterfall. There is a spotted horse in the foreground. A moon in the sky, the north rocks of Cardou rise beyond great new-green beech trees.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Autumn Beech River Salz

Autumn Beech River Salz

On an autumn afternoon with the sun disappearing behind the high hill of forest a monumental beech tree stands in its brown leafed phase on a bed of fallen leaves. The River Salz cascades green in the left foreground to balance the bowl of the beech. The forested hill is a pattern of perpendiculars rendered with brush strokes whose action is liberal and expressive.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Eagle River

Eagle River

The Eagle River flows through the Gorge de Galamus. In ancient dialect 'eagle' is agly. Crashing through a ceiliing of fig leaves this closely observed study of flowing water is treated in blues and pinks. Yellow sunlight occupies the top left. The rock forms are boldly delineated in earth tints. Shadows recede to deep brown.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Nine Yellow Willows

Nine Yellow Willows

The river is shallow, turbulent and stony where it flows between the curtains of the long leafed willow margins.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Aude at Axat

Aude at Axat

Fierce mountain waters travel across most of the picture in grays and greens. From the pale immediate foreground two tree forms arise left and right to frame a white river-wave low centre, and then cross in front of the green woods on the opposite shore. A feeling of hoary texture on the orange foreground tree-forms, through which we must view the sliding river, is conveyed by varied brush work and paint thicknesses.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
La Fajeole

La Fajeole

Beneath holly and oak and in the scarlets and crimsons upon the dancing river waves the presence of evening recurs. The distant mountains clad in their rags of spring snow range beneath the consistently southward moving sunsets of the season.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Le Jardin de la Foret

Le Jardin de la Foret

A studio painting made from more than a dozen detailed pen and pencil drawings of sycamore, oak, chestnut, mountain, rock and herb.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pine Tree Campoussy

Pine Tree Campoussy

Viridian green pine needles in a darkness where the mountainside is obscure and the foreground littered with smashed rocks. The painting is very heavily worked and seeks to capture this ancient wooden character, riven, distorted, blasted by drought and wind. The central pillar of the tree sends branches out beyond our picture space. In ancient stasis we find gesture and a mirroring, in brush stroke, of human muscle and brain. a primarily important subject for the artist; a tree.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Red Canigou

Red Canigou

A view to sacred Canigou from the foot of a great pine and chestnuts on the Col Roque Jalere. September, and already the chestnut leaves are brown. The valley hides itself in a sea of mist above which the mountain rises red as a heart.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 18"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
The Overgrown Path

The Overgrown Path

Oak trees line a path deep into the afternoon forests. A shattered mosaic of light, leaf, branch and rock litters the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Une Chenaie

Une Chenaie

From the stillness of the deep dead river course one looks through the leaves to a summer blue sky. Tall oaks lining the bank suggest an inner voyage of serpentine and capillary meditations.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Le Bezu

Le Bezu

The sun is visible in a yellow green sky beyond red oak branches. The distant mountains although sunk in blackness are corrugated with perpendicular red rock in light from the sun ray. The foreground is black like the mountains but the forest is alive; as if burning with leaves of flame, dancing in its last moments of visibility to carry flower forms of light toward dark night.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic de Montmalus

Pic de Montmalus

A mountainscape perceived from a sunlit yellow foreground across a cool valley from whose depths rise joyous rocks and snow beneath a spiral sun.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
75cm x 90cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic de Ribuls

Pic de Ribuls

'Images, reveries, memories, memories of dreams, memories of visions, dreams of hallucinations, refractions of refractions of refractions of that original Alpha and Omega of experience . . .' (R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience)

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

The dark permanence of jagged mountain is complemented by the soft ephemerality of passing mist. Across the water from a rocky shore the viewer is presented with a moment of ancient processsion.

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Grey Moon Tidal Rock

Grey Moon Tidal Rock

'In the black season of deep winter the sea is heavy, the earth tired, wind crackles, the shore groans.' [Irish, 11th-century]

Original
Oil on Board
36" x 24"
Sold
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
The Blue-Black Sgurr

The Blue-Black Sgurr

View from Ord across Loch Eishort. South-west Skye landscape is fjord land . . . a long time possession of the kings of Norway.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Silkie's Rock I

Silkie's Rock I

The silkies or Seal People find their homes on the shores of South Skye at Breacais upon the large rocks. At times of full moon man can walk to and observe an incredible undersea world elevated and available for a phase.

Original
Oil on Board
24" x 24"
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside
Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

Moving Mists Eilean a'Cheo

The dark permanence of jagged mountain is complemented by the soft ephemerality of passing mist. Across the water from a rocky shore the viewer is presented with a moment of ancient processsion.

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Loch Ainort II

Loch Ainort II

View is from Luib across the loch to Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn.

Original
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Boreraig

Boreraig

Bagh na Dhubh-Airde, Bay of the Dark Height; view from there looking across Loch Eishort to Beinn Bhuidhe, the yellow mountain. Rain is on the mountain and the loch is cold and dark and will soon be hidden entirely.

Original
Oil on canvas
23.5" x 31.5"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Black with Ice the Warm Mountain

Beinne na Greine on the watershed between the Kylerhea River and Abhainn Lusa in South Skye occupies the painter's hand, heart and soul. The 'Mountain of the Sun' takes its name from its south facing ridges, drenched with sun in summer. But in winter the outlying Cuillin can be 'black with ice or with cold wet ooze, the ramparts of grim precipices'. (Sorley Maclean)

Original
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Black Cuillin, Red Cuillin

Seen from the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin across Loch Slapin is engulfed by mist.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 31.5"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
The Rough Bounds of Kylerhea

The Rough Bounds of Kylerhea

Prehistoric sea creatures inhabit shore rocks in the Straits of Kylerhea where the tides are infamous. The memory of volcanic lava infuses the landscape. From our vantage we look across to the mainland mountains.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Sold
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Above the Col du Paradis

Above the Col du Paradis

The passage of the moon predicts snow. A large white mountain dog runs on the pathway between the trees of light and the trees of darkness. The deep sides of the rounded mountains plunge into the light of the world.

Original
Oil on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Ribero Campcardos

Ribero Campcardos

Beneath a livid sky the birch forest and granite slopes of Mount Campcardos shine in wet light. The swollen Ribero Campcardos rages among boulders in the foreground.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Bacou

Bacou

As our planet turns towards night long shadows finger the farmland of Bacou on its high plateau. Bacou is Bacchus.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
April Snow Canigou

April Snow Canigou

From a shady vantage point between massive trees on a pathway where puddles reflect the afternoon moon we see across gorge and woodland eighty kilometres to the snowy peak sacred to Catalogne. A small figure descends to riverside.

Original
Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Moonrise Saint Salveyre

Moonrise Saint Salveyre

A summer sunset greens the sky as the full moon of approaching autumn rises above the Roman church of Saint Salveyre. Trees catch the light in their weaving and on the mountain rock the welcome glow of life sits in peace.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Yellow Evening Canigou

Yellow Evening Canigou

From a break on the heavily wooded descending path suddenly a view opens onto mountainsides which are painted yellow by the sunset.

Original
Oil on canvas
55cm x 46cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
The Green Woods of Cardou

The Green Woods of Cardou

Cardou is ‘corps de Dieu’ or ‘coeur de Dieu’ that is, body or heart of God. Some believe the bones of Jesus rest on the summit. The path will take you in spiral, beneath leaves which are here treated stylistically, towards your ascent.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
March Sunset River Aude

March Sunset River Aude

On the far bank trees yet to be in leaf dissolve in light. Encroaching night shows on the hill but the sun on the black waters where shadows are cast is a void blaze of liquid gold.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
White Leaves

White Leaves

Light is blossoming in white on the leaves as the sun begins its descent over distant valley and peak.

Original
Oil on canvas
50cm x 40cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
Andorra and River Carol

Andorra and River Carol

The blues of a snowy world risen high beyond cloud are besieged by red, yellow, gray and black atmosphere in tumultuous form. Beneath a crown of cloud the blue valleys sink to green trailed with red cloud. The lower mountains through which the blue river Carol runs are lemon and orange and scarlet. In ascent or descent the travelling eye crosses horizon after horizon, stone river bank, red valley, green valley, high cloud, mountain top and again cloud world.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Canigou

Canigou

The heat of mid-day shimmers on a serrated metal mountain. As the entire range of the Pyrenees comes down to the shores of the Mediterranean Canigou is the last great mountain.

Original
Oil on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Crystal Park

Crystal Park

Between two dead pines left and a leafy linden tree right, the blood of dawn coils over and on the peak. We are in a particular forest of many needles shortly after dawn. The moment is becoming crystal clear.

Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Envalira

Envalira

Silver coils of cloud. Black turrets of rock. Untouched snows. The black grey white world of the cold mountain at Envalira where three is the balance. Black grey white. The Dragon coils / The Cloud covers / The Snow rests. This world is far from colourful but on close inspection green may be seen in a tiny foreground pine.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic de Barthelemy

Pic de Barthelemy

In the foreground the first ferns of summer sprout while in the distance the mountain is still snowy. Peaceful valleys roll between.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Bugarach West Face

Bugarach West Face

Tree form travels centrally down this painting from the arboreal mass of a leaf obscured sky. The mountain behind is red like a cinder in the last warmth of the year. The swirling foreground is a mass of numena and plant form.

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 23.75"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Bugarach: Passage of the Rock

Bugarach: Passage of the Rock

Very thickly painted the mountain is gray. The dusk above it in orange, yellow and blue lines is traversed perpendicularly by three main tree forms. The foreground is rock and branch in darkness. The passage below the mountain captures the sunset in buttercup yellow.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Bezis

Bezis

The River Bezis runs through its gorge among pines and rock. Some of the rock is red in this region. There is a rotten oak tree to the right and the cloudy sky obscures and contains the distant mountain form of the peak of Cardou.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Gesse

Gesse

The River Aude is compressed in the depths of its gorge. The influential moon is beyond mountains where night lies down. In this painting of evening perfumes where rock is a veil there is nowhere to stand. The trees offer up their spring flowers, the beauty of blossom acquiesces to the element of rock which contains every simplicity -- curve, zigzag, cut, star-ray, hole, peak.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Gorge d'Orbieux

Gorge d'Orbieux

A maple tree blows in the gusts which travel down the gorge. The rock itself seems unsure. Pink clouds roll in the blue sky and in the left foreground the black remains of a beech tree disintegrates. The River Orbieux plays into foreground right.

Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Peak of the Cold Fountain

Peak of the Cold Fountain

Soon after dawn an approaching storm dramatically engulfs the sky. A hare runs for cover against fierce wind. The viewer has climbed opposite to take note of the rising intricacies of the mountain flank.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

Against a black sky Mars and Venus are visible to the right. An immense thunder dragon climbs the high mountain and traverses the summit. Strands of mist trail across snow patches where the rocky precipices are vividly patterned.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic del Maia

Pic del Maia

From above their bath of mists the mountains clash and assert their teeth. I gaze into the mouth of the dragon. There are mercurial skies above. On the mountain there are metallic bashings and electric zig zags as if on a hero's shield; serrations, myriad channelings.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic de Campcardos

Pic de Campcardos

The architecture of the peak is an intensely detailed tour de force of chaos; nature's form interpreted in a way which seeks to present the prime imagination at work.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Beyond Espasouille

Beyond Espasouille

Distant height and depth are depicted in blue of almost submarine nature. Centrally the mountain splits into hemispheres; left red, right green, down to the folding lands and tree form of the foreground. On the central mountain the paint is thick, this mass, pushed upon the canvas, is washed into distance by degrees, especially on the left where red gives into blue.

Original
Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Diminutive cascades deep within a beech wood flow in the shadow. The colours are of October where sunlight and leaf shade vibrate. The energy, generously counted out by the artist's brush is suggestive of an experience of nature where all is in flux.

Original
Oil on canvas
33" x 25"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Black Waterfall

Black Waterfall

Night is falling and the sky darkens from gold to crimson. Black water crashes from brown rock amid tall trees which form crepuscular green borders left and right. A dark shore rock bottom left contrasts a brighter river rock middle fore which still catches partial light. The fall itself is already in darkness. The brush work of the river is violent, carrying the destruction of day, yet the atmosphere is calm, inviting a world where, vision obscured, eternal sounds continue to run on.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Forgotten Moon

Forgotten Moon

The River Aude flows through the wooded gorges south of Limoux beneath the first crescent. Painted using the three primary colours and white in a search for simplicity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Galbe

Galbe

A full moon on the way up and out of the deep gorge brings storms. Beside a torrential river the air is torrential. The birch leaves are yet to come into being. Wind over the River Galbe is loud and the forest shrinks to needles.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
September Dawn Pas de la Casa

September Dawn Pas de la Casa

Taken from a split second eye opening at dawn on freezing 1st of September 2013 and reinforced by impressions and drawings made summer 2014, this painting of mountain dawn at altitude 2000m, recreates light, cloud, rock and river.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Deep Wood

Deep Wood

Two ancient chestnut trees lean across the forest path. Painted by torchlight, this nocturne on a muddy path shows where the wild boar run after rain.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Montagne de Taube

Montagne de Taube

The foreground consists of light-play in grass either side of a stony track which descends to a tangle of bushes out of which rise two Scots pines. In the distance the valley is a sea of cloud from which rise high mountains. Overhead the golden limbs of a cherry tree descend, their leaves catching sunlight. The last cherry of the season hangs in the top left.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pine Trees at Gruissan

Pine Trees at Gruissan

Pine trees distorted by mountain wind and sea wind writhe. Beneath shaded boughs serpentine forms weave. The tree trunks themselves are surrounded by sunlight which is rendered in short vertical strokes. A scene of many arching curving tree forms beneath a blue sky on a sunlit hill.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Serbairou

Serbairou

Orchids, grass, massive tree roots, overhanging leaves and standing dead trees are arranged against a distant mountain Bugarach beneath a troubled sky.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Two Yellow Mushrooms

Two Yellow Mushrooms

Smooth contrasts with thorny, light with shade, in a celebration of hot colour where bright leaves are decked out like flags above the path. Two yellow mushrooms post the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Cardou from Las Heiros Forest

Cardou from Las Heiros Forest

The pilgrim's way to Cardou comes through here. Obscured by green leaves and primeval forest the mountain is merely an orange triangle -- the point of two lines meeting high in a night sky where legend says the bones of Jesus are laid to rest.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Alt del Griu

Alt del Griu

A paintings of mountain, rock and sky. Moods, winds and star influences pass onto the canvas.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 95cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Grau Roig

Grau Roig

Brushwork must equal rock in terms of composite universality.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Pic del Griu

Pic del Griu

Apart from the five pine trees lower right which give a sense of scale, the world depicted here presents the eye with shapes in rock and snow-wreathe which are neither solid nor transparent and possess microscopic detail in a panoramic context.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Montagne de Taube

Montagne de Taube

The foreground consists of light-play in grass either side of a stony track which descends to a tangle of bushes out of which rise two Scots pines. In the distance the valley is a sea of cloud from which rise high mountains. Overhead the golden limbs of a cherry tree descend, their leaves catching sunlight. The last cherry of the season hangs in the top left.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Blaven over Loch Slapin

Blaven over Loch Slapin

South Skye landscape. A last glow of light from beyond the horizon imbues the darkness of these western clouds with the power of a sun now grown faint in the approach of long night. The mists linger over Loch Slapin.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Rocky Terrible Cuillin

Rocky Terrible Cuillin

'Rocky terrible Cuillin, you are with me in spite of life's horror. The first day I ascended your black wall I thought the judgement was descending ...' [Sorley MacLean]

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Silkie's Rock II

Silkie's Rock II

The geology of Skye is of great interest and warrants close inspection. Some days one has the privilege of alternately being bitten by midges and smitten by hailstones. Despite this the tidal rock is a veritable treasure chest.

Original
Oil on Board
18" x 22"
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside
Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort I

Loch Ainort, view from Aricharanach, across the loch to
Trembling Ridge -- Leathad Chrithinn. Painted outdoors in complementary oranges and blues, catching a tranquil afternoon.

Original
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
Blaven from Ord the Golden Shore

Blaven from Ord the Golden Shore

The dawn is tranquil and Loch Eishort a mirror of golden
calm. The oil paint is worked in transparent glazes to carry the light.

Original
Oil on Board
24" x 24"
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside
October Snow and Cuillin

October Snow and Cuillin

Landscape from South Skye. First snow on the barren red hills. On the high banks of the River Lusa cling two dead Scots pine and an oak. The red of autumnal deer grass is further reddened by the low sun. Here are trees with leaves of gold and branches which are ancient in growth.

Original
Oil on canvas
31.5" x 24"
Sold
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
Abhainn Aiseag, February Dusk

Abhainn Aiseag, February Dusk

The River Aiseag flows north from its lochan to the cell of Maolrubha. The slate grey of a perishing day, the hills yet to thaw.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery
The Far Cuillin

The Far Cuillin

Original
Oil on canvas
Can be seen at Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery