In Working landscape, mid Cornwall ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/working-landscape-mid-cornwall/ ) Tom aimed to be quite systematic in his exploration of colour, pattern and shape. Here the working out of these pictorial elements became his equivalent for working processes on the land. The baling of hay, the ploughing up of stubble, operating within boundaries of fields and woods; these are the activities of people whose barns and houses provide angular forms that complement the flowing rhythms all around them.
Autumn lane ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/autumn-lane/ ) was the first of two new pictures that came from Tom’s enjoyment of various aspects of this season of constant change. Here it was the autumnal colour variations of trees, lane, half hidden cottage and distant woods that provided themes to interpret in paint. In handling them Tom’s reference to a specific location became a pretext for that manipulation of materials that was for him the true life of such a painting.