For most of my working life my attention has been fixed on wild and mountainous scenery, both in our beautiful country and abroad, and it has been a real pleasure to paint a selection of these landscapes for this exhibition. However, when Jamie first asked me to do an exhibition about a year ago, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to transfer my sights nearer to home too. Though we now live just across the border in Surrey, I was schooled in West Sussex and am very familiar with its countryside and the many superb walks that are to be found here. It has been a real joy to revisit so many of my favourite nearby places over the last months, and focus on painting this stunning but gentle corner of our country too.
Peter Symonds: Petworth