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Eastern Townscapes

 

From small paintings I decided somewhile later to be bolder. So I upsized, enjoyed the experience, and set about capturing the sense and character of the lovely, characterful places from my past, doing it my way.

Here, "The Silk Road", the ancient trading route between China, Africa and Europe, was for me about trying to capture the richness of its history. My first ever aeroplane flight was in 1989 at age 20 when I was invited to T'blisi, Georgia by a family I had met in Bucharest when I was acting as their tour guide. I had a real tug of war with my parents at an airport in Moscow (who had heard all sorts of not so good stories about that lovely country) before boarding my Aeroflot flight. But I broke free, physically and emotionally, went anyway and have great memories as a reward. "Blue Moon over Calcutta" was born out of my love for India. There is something I don't understand about this feeling. And "Constantinople" is a reflection of the emotional happiness I feel when digging back into the memory of my many connections with Istanbul, that region and that lovely language, Arabic.