Nude Torso Study (Original oil on canvas)

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Ia, Santorini – is this the world’s most beautiful place?

World's most beautiful spotWorld's most beautiful placeWorld's most beautiful spotIf not the world’s most beautiful place, Ia (sometimes spelt Oia) at the tip of the Greek island of Santorini, would be indisputably high on the list of contenders.

The result of a volcanic eruption that caused the centre of the one-round island to fall into the sea, Santorini is mystically beautiful and scientifically fascinating.

But it was Ia, and in particular the secret little spot in the picture, that truly took my breath away. I’m not going to tell you how to find it, except to say that it is down one of the little alleyways off the main tourist trail. The reward is discovering it yourself and then keeping it to yourself.

I sat there for hours, unable to read my book as I couldn’t take my eyes off the view. Perhaps nowhere has mankind worked hand-in-hand with Mother Nature to ‘get it right’! The view evolves throughout the day; in the morning it’s bathed in gold by the eastern sunshine; at lunchtime the blue of the domes becomes as intense as the surrounding sea and one can look right across the dramatic caldera to the far tip of Santorini, with the perched villages on the clifftops resembling snow; then as the Sun sets and the sky turns to purple and gold, the little fairy lights begin to come on throughout the village with the glow stretching away into the distance. The second and third photographs show the views in each direction from where I am sitting in the first (though it must be said that no photographer or artist can ever do the view justice). One is cocooned in beauty and happiness from every angle.

The majesty of Santorini is perhaps made all the more intense as it is tragically doomed. A highly active supervolcano, Colombo, lies just off the coast and is predicted to erupt within the next 300 years, wiping Santorini’s beauty from our planet forever.

As an eternal seeker of beauty, I’d love to hear about places that have taken your breath away…

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Burn With You (Acrylic on canvas)

Lovers in artThis is a slight departure, as I’m usually more comfortable with realism than abstract art, but it’s interesting to explore different styles and awaken new parts of the artistic brain. I wanted to capture the feeling of being close to a lover, as though flames and white-heat are engulfing the entire body.

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Woman with Bare Shoulders (Oil on canvas)

Oil on canvasTo me, the delicate, fragile curves of a woman’s shoulders are among her most beautiful parts. My mood shifted many times during the painting of this, so I am undecided whether she is sorrowful, shy, vulnerable or reflective. It is certain, though, that she has loved.

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Lovers by the Ocean (Acrylic on canvas)

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Byron’s Grotto

PortovenereMy favourite place in the world to swim, bathed in beauty above, below and on all sides – Byron’s Grotto, Portovenere.

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Engineering Beauty at the Golden Gate

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Rainbow Lorikeet

Australian bird parrotThese vibrantly  coloured little chaps, native to Australia, cannot help but bring joy to the heart. As their name suggests, they seem to have captured a rainbow within their feathers.

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Aphrodite Kallipygos (Original oil on canvas)

Nude figurative artA study of colour, form and composition and relishing womanly beauty, this original oil on canvas is one of the works created for my November art exhibition…

Arcadia: Celebrating Nature, Myth, Beauty and the Female Form

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Bedroom Venus

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