My drawing of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford was central to my progression in the practice of ‘seeing’ and ‘drawing’. Some subjects you just keep coming back to as an artist, and there is always a good reason for this.
The pure form, the simple rhythm of spaces between doors and windows and the disappearing curves of the Radcliffe Camera are a joy to draw. There is, however, for me, a mysterious attraction about the Radcliffe Camera which goes beyond its visual splendour. Radcliffe Square has become a ‘trysting place’ – a place where I can sit, ponder and be, an environment of simple beauty and gentle pace which nourishes my spirit and touches me with something of God. Early morning it is simply majestic. By night it has a foreboding, even haunting aspect.
Most of my Radcliffe Camera drawings were undertaken early in the morning. They incorporate a combination of black pastel, charcoal, chalk and raw pigment, the latter of which is thrown onto the paper.