The Fishing Boat retablo. Is an opening and closing panel, this one measuring 14ins high and 20ins when open. I love the idea of opening a picture, like a book, and the image transporting us to a different place. The place is inspired by the Cornish coast where I live, the gliding Herring Gulls, the glistening mackerel, and the wind; sometimes that summer wind cooling us down and other times bitterly cold… I do many of these ‘ icon boxes’, partly because they are an intriguing way of presenting a relief image but also practical for traveling if you need to. Once in situ they can hang flat on a wall or sit on a mantle. The ‘retablo’ originates from South America.They make little ones from wood, telling a simple story that people travel with blessing their journey.. The ‘Icon box’ tends to be more of an Eastern influence, Russian Orthodoxy especially. I like drawing on these worldly influences and my experience. Ideas that are developed by the needs of ordinary local people that become their Folklore,Their Keepsakes, Mementos or Guiding Stars.
I draw on my local inspiration, the fishing life around Cornwall. The Luggers and Sloops that fish in and around the harbours here. The Lighthouses are from around the Cornish coast, the fish and Gulls swarming around the catch.
I have done many varied sizes over the years. the photos here are just a few of them.
Commissions are always worth asking me about .