This image was developed from a series of sketches made on board out on Dartmoor.
During this process, I tried to negotiate ways of veiling and revealing aspects of topography while mediating my own and others' responses to this landscape. I am interested in the notion of 'topophobia' - a fear of a particular space as I know that that is an emotion which for some people characterises their emotions towards the moors. For me, this landscape represents space and solitude as well as a private domain of thought and identity. As such, I am treading a fine line between representation of recognisable topographical features and the preservation of a personal space. The final stage in this process has been to veil the painting with a layer of tracing paper, to obscure or isolate the space once more.