All my life having a real fire has been such an important part of where I live. A lot happens for me around a flame. Thoughts, that never were before, arise and warm the cockles of my heart. Old issues that weigh heavy can be furnaced by the firelight and I do like a little whiskey by firelight best of all. In my more fanciful moments I imagine that when I have completed a painting it acts like firelight for viewers seeking a kind of internal warmth. Blaze has arisen out of a private emotional smelting of loss and hope that I hope can forge such a fire for others.
Mixed media on canvas, 890 x 890 mm including frame