I began visiting Cornwall again early in the 2000s, with distant memories of my own childhood holidays when my family travelled there most summers from South Wales. The geographic remoteness, then as now, added to an air of other worldliness, whilst at the same time, as a Welsh child, there was a curious familiarity about the place names, differing in pronunciation but hinting at a common Celtic ancestry.
WEST CORNWALL – As a painter I enjoy observing everywhere the particular colour juxtapositions – deep aqua blue seas, against palest silvery mauve granite of buildings and rocky outcrops, more often than not overlain with a deep saffron-coloured lichen. These things abound in St Ives, Porthleven, the Land’s End Peninsula, Botallack and Mousehole. I always enjoy visiting and revisiting all of these areas, to absorb and to endeavour to portray something of what I have found there.
SOUTH CORNWALL – I discovered Polperro in 2010 after a friend described growing up there. Its beautiful and I have made many visits since. Further exploration of the Cornish south coast led me to spend calm afternoons and evenings on the harbour in Charlestown and day visits in the more bustling Mevagissey.