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Towards the clay country

towards_the_clay_country_ mid_Cornwall

Towards the clay country ( ) came from noticing an ‘echo’ between the gable-end of an isolated Cornish farmhouse and a clay country ‘pyramid’ among the distant hills. Whatever immediate concerns one has there is often some correspondence to be found with events at a distance. At the time of painting this clay mine, this upheaval in the earth,  had become very meaningful for Tom with a temporary relocation brought about as part of an insurance claim. However, upheaval and change are part of so many people’s lives Tom realised. This all resolved for him in this painting as a series of bands of colour. Coaxing them into ‘singing’ together by the way he painted them seemed to give poignancy to this process of resolution, a coming-to-terms with the change he was living through.