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Tom coined the phrase ‘dove-tailing’ for the process of interlocking shapes within a picture. This is a compositional device that once again occurred to Tom as he worked on a painting inspired by hillside trees and houses in a nearby Cornish town ( ). What struck him as he put the finishing touches to this new piece was how reminiscent it was in this way and in terms of colour to a canvas called Town shapes St Just ( ) that he painted in that far westerly town eight years ago. He had long since understood that the warm colour emphasis he brought out in that picture, as well as a similar dove-tailing of shapes, arose from the human warmth that he felt surrounded by in that far west community.