I was inspired by the beautiful words of Gerard Manly Hopkins and an antique postcard of a place in Scotland called “Inversnaid” to create this abstract minimalistic landscape.


by Gerard Manley Hopkins

This darksome burn, horseback brown,
His rollrock highroad roaring down,
In coop and in comb the fleece of his foam
Flutes and low to the lake falls home.

A windpuff-bonnet of fáawn-fróth
Turns and twindles over the broth
Of a pool so pitchblack, féll-frówning,
It rounds and rounds Despair to drowning.

Degged with dew, dappled with dew,
Are the groins of the braes that the brook treads through,
Wiry heathpacks, flitches of fern,
And the beadbonny ash that sits over the burn.

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet."

The style of this piece is more painterly than the National Park prints. The swirls are the flow of the water and the green brush strokes at the top are the supporting landscape from which these falls emerge. The stokes at the bottom are the rock walls receiving the water. I imagined the figure-8 motions of the water moving up and around and falling again.

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I call my abstract minimalistic landscape art the "Essence of Place". 

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