Just by the market town of Wendover in the Chilterns stands Coombe Hill. From here there are magnificent views across Aylesbury Vale – the countryside stretching out for miles to the distant horizon. The day I visited started fair but the threat of rain was always present. As I sat by the monument on the top of the hill, the clouds gathered and darkened. The view became one with equal drama above and below. Patches of bright greens and yellows of the farmland criss-crossed with lines of trees and hedgerows stretching as far as the eye can see. And all the while the sky bruising above – a keen reminder of the transient nature of the British summer.
Oil paint on primed, stretched canvas
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