Paintings Inspired by Music and Poems
Music and poetry bring strong visual images to my mind. These are tantalizingly elusive to catch on canvas: sometimes the idea will lodge in the back of my mind for years, humming away in the background until I find a way to express it.
“The Lost Heifer” (inspired by a poem by Austen Clarke) came together very fast and joyfully. Mozart’s sublime piano concerto number 23, 2nd movement, was in my head for years; one day the picture came out. Hearing a nightingale sing near the bridge at Sonning was another inspiration.