In 2020, Neil Davies and his family acquired their first dog, a Border Beagle puppy named Obi. Having to walk a lively puppy twice a day has meant getting to know the immediate locality better than ever before, exploring each and every footpath in all directions within a couple of miles of their house, and taking time to notice the smaller details of the Penwith landscape. As a result, this new collection of paintings is an intimate study of nature on the artist’s doorstep - with a few jaunts further afield as Obi’s size and enthusiasm have increased.
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“Walking the same paths so regularly, there is an even greater awareness of the passing of time and the small changes and details which occur on a daily basis as the seasons progress: one day the gorse by the gate up the lane is in bud – two days later and it is blazing in all its glory. There was an assumption that I was very familiar with my immediate locality - I had walked the fields, footpaths and cliff paths many times over the years, and I thought there were no surprises left. How wrong I was! Walking at Obi’s pace, stopping, doubling back, pausing to chat to other dog owners, I have been forced to look more closely and more often. This new way of looking and noticing has resulted in a deeper understanding of and affection for my home turf, which I hope I have managed to convey in this collection of paintings”. Neil Davies May 2022