I have just started a new project, focusing on the environment—the harm we’re doing to the planet … and this is the first painting in the series, titled: THE GAIA PRINCIPLE (SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE!).
James Lovelock, scientist and environmentalist, explained it like this: “The Gaia Principle describes the Earth as a single, living organism, with all its biological, geological, chemical and hydrological processes acting in concert, to regulate the planet and ensure its survival through an exquisite array of feedback loops.”
‘SEE WHAT YOU’VE DONE!’ illustrates this fundamental principle by showing a living, weeping planet and the emotional impact it has on a young boy—the generation who’ll inherit the damage our greed has caused.
Since 2007 I have lived in Tenerife, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. As a keen windsurfer I have witnessed the pollution of the ocean with plastic waste and the effect this has on marine wildlife. Part of my environmental project will involve making sculptures of endangered species from recycled plastic rubbish. My work, and my message will be shared with environmental campaigning groups online, in magazines, via the media, and will eventually be shown in an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations.
Starting on a new painting.
Title: ‘They’re Not Just Trees… They’re my Home’
– Acrylics on Canvas 1.30 metres x 90cm
‘Burning forests to make way for plantations to support the world’s demand for palm oil is one of the main causes of the decline in numbers of Orangutans’ -The Independent