Anyone that knows me well will know that if I’m not spending my spare time painting, I’ll be climbing a wall or a mountain. For my latest collection, it felt right to combine these two passions and put some of the love I have for mountains, rocks and ridges on to paper and into my artwork. After the launch of my ocean collection at the start of the summer, I really enjoyed writing a blog post on what motivated the collection and the story behind the pieces. So here’s an introduction to my latest collection of prints based on my actual real-life adventures. Put the kettle on, this one could take a while…
Back at the end of March 2016 I climbed my first mountain, Snowdon. Since then I’ve been well and truly bitten by the hill walking bug, then the scrambling bug, then the climbing bug. I’ve also been bitten by quite a few actual bugs doing these things, but they say you have to suffer for your art.
I started climbing indoors about 18 months ago and since then I’ve learned to climb outdoors, both sport and trad. Climbing has allowed me to engage with sport and exercise in a whole new way; it’s made both my body and mind stronger and healthier. Climbing outdoors has also given me a whole new way to connect with nature and a lot of potential for future adventures with Nik, my partner in life, climbing and everything in between.
I’ve been lucky enough to have adventures across the UK, scrambling and climbing in places like Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District and the Peak District. But Snowdonia in North Wales holds a special place in my heart, particularly the area around the Ogwen Valley. Here you can escape the crowds of the Snowdon summit and really get lost in the weird rock formations of the Glyderau range. That specific part of Snowdonia was always in my mind when painting the pieces in this collection.
Wolf Mountain and Falcon Ridge
As someone who grew up and lives in the city, seeing actual proper starry skies has always been one of my favourite parts of camping. These two are the latest pieces in my astronimals style; a name given to my galaxy animal paintings by a friend. I wanted to combine mountains, forests and ridges with two animals from those environments. Wolf Mountain features the silhouette of a howling wolf and Falcon Ridge a peregrine falcon, both filled with galaxies and landscapes.
Both designs are available as limited edition prints at A4 (edition of 20) and A3 (edition of 10).
North Wales Rocks
This design brings together five original paintings, each based on a different view from scrambles and hikes in Snowdonia. Each landscape is painted within a hexagon shape and combined in one A3 design. The landscapes featured are:
- Y Gribin, a ridge scramble on the Glyderau range
- Swallow Falls, near Betws-y-coed
- Cwm Idwal, looking over Llyn Idwal towards the Idwal Slabs
- Snowdon Range, as seen from the plateau at the top of Y Gribin
- Adam and Eve, the two standing stones on the top of Tryfan
The originals are painted using Indian ink, watercolour and pen on paper and are each around 6×8 inches. All five pieces landscapes are combined in one A3 art print titled North Wales Rocks, limited edition of 10.