These are two fairly new paintings, of the beach near Berwick upon Tweed in the snow. They are both painted in oil on canvas board.
These paintings have a special meaning for me, being based on photos that I took back in January 2013. My father was seriously ill in hospital in Newcastle at the time. I was travelling there daily from Berwick to visit him. One day it all became too much to bear, and I took the day off to walk on the beach instead.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, the intense blue of the sky contrasting with the golden sand and the crisp white snow. It felt like a gift from nature at a really horrible time, one which I will never forget.