I m looking at our connection to nature and how we communicate with nature. So when I noticed the jet black ravens and how they strutted around in parks in London. I wanted to find out more about our connections to these birds.

Assuming that our connection to birds were a lot closer in the past where the weather report came with the birds I also found out how throughout history and with the application of augury our destinies great and small were changed depending on the interpretations given to behaviour of the birds. The old collective noun for a group of ravens in England is an 'unkindness' or a 'conspiracy of ravens'. The reputation of crow and raven for being messengers of doom is ill-deserved. The raven plays a significant role in many creation myths around the world and while each culture's stories of raven are different they have practical relationships in common for example they are guides in hunting and have a special relationship with wolves and people. They will trick other animals for prey and are considered the most intelligent and largest of the songbirds able to mimic voices and copy words.

I have enjoyed working with the raven paintings and here a little glimpse of work in progress. They are on 40cm / diameter circular canvas board painted in acrylic. And some drawings in ink on paper.

As an escape from thinking about lockdown measures I turned my attention and imagination to circles in space. At the same time I was reading the Haruki Murakami story ‘Cream’ in which an old man gives us a puzzle to dwell on and in in which he asks to visualise a circle with multiple centres with no circumference. I put this series up in our Studio Reception area at Trowbridge Gardens during lockdown. I'm calling this installation Circles within Circles.

Title: No touching in Lockdown Media: acrylic on canvas and charcoal drawing April 2020