These paintings arose from numerous trips to visit my daughters in their student days. The two university cities are similar for their richness of architectural beauty and imbued with such cultural significance. Entering the historic interior of each town inspires a curious and overwhelming sense of familiarity, reverence, and nostalgia. Yet each projects quite particular identity in terms of textures, palate of colour and spatial arrangements.
Oxford with its predominant use of pale stone, has a more open, unified and bolder feel, spread as it is over a wider area, and more infiltrated by the modern era. Cambridge always feels more enclosed, with a wider range of building materials, including much use of brick, which gives it a warmth and perhaps more intimate scale.