Acrylic on canvas-covered board, 2023, 30 x 30 cm. Example frame only.

Painted in the slightly chilly studio on a late September afternoon, listening to the Naked Neanderthal by Ludovic Slimak – cannibalism – or was it? – 120 thousand years ago, sudden climate warming to warmer than today, temperate forests covering what had been chilly plains full of prey herds. Here’s our temperate forest with our hunter, in Scotland’s old oak woods at Kinclaven, not a cannibal though he does like red meat. Kernel, many-layered, from our walk at Kinclaven, Perthshire, in ancient woodland near the Tay.