My unerring mentor is the post impressionist Van Gogh: his earthy “sowers” influence some of the pieces in this show. His sower’s connection to the earth and the growing of wheat, symbolic of the life cycle, fit in with the journey I am on.
 
 Van Gogh’s sowers are about basic survival: my fascination is the interaction of the planter to the soil. I’ve painted and clawed in pastels hands that dig in the earth like shovels, or become coloured by the soil; hands that prune, weed, clip, and move plants; hands that touch the flowers looking for dead bits to remove so the plant can utilise all it’s energy in forging new growth. The way we instigate growth and manipulate plants seems to be about understanding. Gardening is a delightful metaphor for life.

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