From the artist:
I did a Step Up Exploring Collections a project based on the landscape of the South Downs in Spring 2019 at the Pallant House Gallery. My exploration was of a primal response to physically walk on the Souths Downs, in particular the Devils Dyke and Ditchling Beacon areas . It was there that I felt a sense of time. As walked along the chalk paths I realised and felt that our society has changed so much but the landscape and the paths remained relatively the same in comparison. As I collected chalk from the path I was making my mark on the landscape as the chalk paths deepen with time with every step. This painting is linked to time as underneath it I wrote in acrylic ink the first verse of the famous poem by William Blake (Jerusalem 1808 see below) and it has the chalk from the paths imbedded in it. "And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon Englands mountains green: And was the holy Lamb of God, On Englands pleasant pastures seen!"