Part of my creative exploration of a location involves writing poetry. I find that using a linguistic (predominantly non-visual) medium helps to record detail that may not be captured through initial field sketching. Benefit can be found in both observational and sensory field writing and in post-location writing stimulating subconscious and emotional memory. In a sense, poetry and painting fill in the gaps that the other lacks, working in different ways to acheive the same result. As in the maxim ‘Poema pictura loquens, pictura poema silens’ (poetry is a speaking picture, painting a silent poetry) attributed to the Greek poet Simonides of Keos by Plutarch, there is substance in using both mediums to build a picture of place.

Dawn, September

Autumn, Rockcliffe, mid October

Gull Loch, late October

Last leaves, Fleet river by Carstramon, mid November

Gull loch, late November

Winter, Kennick Burn, late January


Sunrise across the Solway, mid March

Larches, late April

Spring, Rockcliffe, early May