Richard Rowan - High Expectation

Last year I uncovered a journal that belonged to my late grandfather, it lovingly described his travels and he went into great detail about all the sights and sounds of places he had visited “the bubbling billowing clouds pours up from the land, the sun stretches through to touch my cold face”. I was captivated and as I never had the chance to meet and know the man I decided to retrace some of his steps. Each of these 3 new works are based on my grandfathers drawings and his lengthy descriptions of Plymouth, Dartmoor and Exmoor. When I re-visited these places I found that the skies and countryside mirrored his descriptions perfectly and I felt compelled to paint what he saw as well as what I felt. His memories have appeared in my works and the titles are taken from excerpts of his descriptions, and are fitting for visited the scenes we both visited. With my grandfather having spurred me on to paint this series it was important to me that he be included within the work so he appears as a rambling figure in two of the paintings as I imagine him enjoying his long walks.

19.5" x 27.5"

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