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Thoughts on a painting about a mining village above the sea, Pendeen

Having, in February 2013, just finished an ambitious piece about an ex-mining community in Cornwall caused Tom to think about work, life and connections between the different stages of both. Mining village above the sea, Pendeen
The painting came from a morning spent in Pendeen, a place just a few miles north-east of where he lived at that time in St Just. After enjoying the bustle of the farmer’s market in the centre there, Gabrielle and Tom climbed Pendeen Carn, the hill that overlooks the whole coastline there. As they looked back Tom was struck by the juxtaposition of Geevor mine near the cliff top in the distance, the nearer fields and miner’s cottages and just below them some standing grave stones on the hillside. On each level a repeating series of shapes seemed to form a counterpoint to those on the other levels. Over the following days and weeks, as Tom worked on the 1 metre x 1 metre canvas that he felt was needed to do justice to this particular landscape prospect, he found himself pondering that here was an image of work/home and life/death in balance, all of it presided over by what he called ‘that ocean light that is so characteristic of Cornwall’.