This small painting is from my 2014 'Secrets & Skies' series. These paintings were about the way in which open spaces bear silent witness to our thoughts, emotions and secrets. All my paintings are a reflection of that inner dialogue with the Landscape.
This particular painting is a loose view of a volcanic peak in the landscape near my studio, in Pembrokeshire on the west coast of Wales,UK (but that isn't really the point!) It could be anywhere, because it's about the sentiment, not the place. The title is purposely ambiguous. Whilst it refers to the literal view of the mountain, it also refers to the effort needed to recover from a period of emotional difficulty. A metaphorical uphill climb to get back 'on top' and into the light.
The painting combines a variety of techniques; staining and glazing in thin layers, gradually building up thickness and texture. Paint has been applied with brushes, knives, rags and sometimes fingers! It is painted, scraped, flicked, spattered and poured on, and sometimes off again, until the finished painting emerged.