Set Apart: hermitages of northern Spain
In the summer of 2010 I visited the Picos de Europa region of northern Spain, for a walking holiday with a group of friends. Bad weather forced us to look for alternative activities, and I visited the monastery of San Toribio, near the small town of Potes. Scattered around the hillside above the monastery I discovered a group of former hermitages - some of them very ancient. My imagination was stimulated to explore ideas of a possible relationship between sacredness and separation from the everyday world. (In fact, I find this idea to be deeply problematic.) The reference material I collected developed, on my return to England, into a series of fourteen images, executed primarily in watercolour.

A selection only of the images is displayed here.

The pictures are all executed in water-colour, many with the addition of gold leaf.

At present the individual images are not for sale. Complete sets of high quality giclee prints (fifteen images including the title page) are available in a professionally produced presentation box, at £850 each. A fully illustrated catalogue is also available on request.

Solitude and Sacredness  

La Virgen del Camino  

Beatus of Liebana  

San Miguel  

San Pedro  

La Santa Cieva  

Nettle and briar ....   

Santa Maria  

The Pines