Title:  Castle in the Sky
Media:  Oil on Canvas
Price:  Framed £480
Size unframed:   55cm  x 75 cm

This is another view of this amazing edifice where Soda Ash was made. Canal along one side and busy road against the other but beautiful shapes and colours, gentle tones and textures set against the energetic sky give this site an eerie majesty which I needed to paint. I wanted local people to see and appreciate its beauty despite its crumbling façade.
This painting was the first that I exhibited in its homeland and the first that was truly appreciated by local people. It was awarded first prize in a local contest for professional artists. The plant reaches up to the sky like a castle and I chose to focus on its beauty.


General Notes on my Industrial Paintings

Cheshire was once the home of Imperial Chemical Industry, known locally as ICI – valued and appreciated because its production of chemicals employed many residents of the area for many years. The chemical plants should have left a blot on the landscape but in fact their size and beauty left me mesmerised when I first became familiar with them. I needed to paint them and would like to be painting them still. I rarely find anything which inspires me as much as they did.

These paintings are the result of nearly two years work.

Many of them are already sold but signed prints can still be made to whatever size is required.