When I set out to paint the North of my childhood after years away from here, I knew I was really painting myself.
I chose to paint not just the industrial sprawl of mill towns where I was raised, but the majesty of the Dales, where I’d long aspired to be. It’s taken me half a lifetime to get a couple of hours down the road; but simple is not the same as easy.
Along the way I learned that where we come from makes us who we are, and where we live helps us to become who we wish to be. The Dales is a special place because in its wild remote places we have an opportunity to come face to face with ourselves.
So while these are paintings about me, they are really paintings about you, this place and all of us.
From the artists introduction to the show