Walk with me through the slowly undulating landscape, dotted with engineering works, both ancient and modern. The stone circles, solitary megaliths, and longbarrows connect me to the deep history of the land and evoke mystery and awe. I am inspired by these millennia-old monuments that met a need of our ancestors that is still not clear to us today. But more modern structures have also made their homes. Cottages, fences, bridges, and even wind farms also mark an enduring human presence, as do settlements of all sizes, from villages to cities. When I see a shape or a colour, an artwork begins to take shape. I start with a composition and one or two colours that will establish the mood, whether it is a bright spring day, a wistful autumn scene, or a brooding sky. I then bring harmonious colours and elements into the painting, a manipulate the oil paint to create texture and a sense of timelessness. As we seriously question our relationship with the environment; as we face the spectres of climate change, pollution, and habitat loss; I challenge us to reconnect with the land as the long-ago inhabitants of these islands did.