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View of Bawdsey Peninsula from Ramsholt, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 32 inches

This is a view of Bawdsey Peninsula which I painted alongside my friend Charles Macdonald in September this year. I’ve been painting landscape with Charlie and a group of other friends for the last couple of years. We’ve been to many different places, but this has to be one of the most spectacular views. Somewhere to the left on the horizon is where the River Deben opens out on to the North sea, and if you had bionic eyesight that could also follow the curve of the earth, you would be able to see all the way to the Hague in the Netherlands. We painted the view earlier in the summer before the harvest when everything was golden brown, but the post-harvest view seemed even more interesting with the tractor marks in the field. As we drove into this part of Suffolk I was taken aback by how much it reminded me of Poland (the sandy soil, the cedar and birch trees), and Charlie pointed out that that made perfect sense: it’s all part of the North German peninsula.