The light of the Arctic is like a living thing. It is wonderfully crisp, full and subtle,
and has long exerted an influence on my paintings. It was not until my recent visits
to Finnish Lapland in pursuit of the aurora that I actually experienced it for myself.
The vast skies, the dazzling brilliance of bright sun on snow, the intensity of Arctic
twilight, and the irresistible beauty of the Arctic night all made a deep impression.
The paintings in this exhibition seek to explore and evoke the mesmerising
qualities of Arctic light, and the fascinating ways in which it interacts with ice and
snow. Many of the works are concerned with the remarkable variety of optical
phenomena that occur in arctic skies: solar and lunar rings, halos, and coronas, and
the fog-bows, cloud-bows and rainbows that arc across Arctic skies. I am fascinated
by their delicate beauty and the way they can bring to a landscape a mysterious
sense of something happening or an impression of transcendence.
It is remarkable how in the Arctic such an endless range of beauty can be created
from the simplest of elements: ice, water, air and light. It is my hope that these
works succeed in evoking and celebrating something of the fragile and untamed
wonder of this extraordinary region of our world.