These three 30 x 30cm paintings on deep canvas were a slightly new and more subdued direction for me. Here in Koroni, which is just beyond the Kalamata valley, we live surrounded by olive groves. The colours and light in these groves change constantly and are particularly beautiful with a light breeze ruffling the leaves, giving you glimpses of various muted colours, sometimes even purples!
I loved working on this painting as we spend the first full winter in Greece for many years. Lockdown has kept us close to home, but how lucky are we to have a gorgeous long beach right on the doorstep. I’ve wandered along it in many weathers, and the ocean is often ominous and crashing. This painting though, portrays it somewhere in between that and the usual glorious calm blue it usually is during summer.
We had a wonderful time exploring parts of New Zealand’s South Island a while back, and when we were in the ferry leaving for the North Island, I looked back at these wonderful hills and saw the shapes and colours of what is to me, typical New Zealand landscape.
This painting was inspired by the hot summer days here in Greece. We recently spent some time exploring the dramatic Mani Peninsula, just across the bay from where we are in Messinia. This area is so very different from where we live. The landscape is mostly harsh and mountainous, with bare hillsides and haphazard rock walls and tall dried grasses.
Created on canvas, my intention in this painting was to convey the dry rocky landscape and the heat of a Greek summer.