Acrylic, paper, charcoal on linen, 2022, 61 x 61 cm.

This painting came after a birthday walk in the Trossachs, amongst birchwoods and hilly sitka plantations, above the river Garbh Uisge, meaning Rough Water. Walking through the birches I got my pocket sketch book out and drew madly which made me feel a bit dizzy. Here there is a feeling of looming hills and promontaries, and birch trunks and the river full of rocks.

In the Hills refers to the wish of the painter to be up in the wild places, in the weather and the trees, walking and finding themself.