A Journey Back In Time…


photographic representation of the celtic legend of the fairy widower

The Fairy Widower


Over the last few years I have quickly realised that I have a strong drive to create imagery that has meaning beyond the first glance. Something deeper that captivates the viewer. As I slowly get to know the people who enjoy my work and collect it to personalise their own spaces I am discovering that they are also drawn to deeper meanings in the work. At art fairs and exhibitions I love chatting and exploring the ideas behind different pieces of art work.

I’m starting to feel a draw to re-visit the Celtic Legends series. This is a journey I began a few years ago but one that went off the rails for a while. However, the pull to re-tell stories that are slowly fading into the mists of time keeps on drawing me back. I would love to draw others into these wonderful stories too. Ancient legends are truly inspiring contemporary art.


Photographic art depicting the tale of the Lady and the Lantern in St Ives, Cornwall

The Legend of The Lady And The Lamp


My connection with these tales began in St Ives in Cornwall, not because because there are so many artists there but because I stumbled upon the story of the Lady and the Lantern. The very short version of the legend warns that if a light is seen flitting around the rocks at St Ives then a storm is imminent. You can read a full blog post about The Lady and the Lantern here.

The more I read the more I got in the car and drove to many beatuiful places around Cornwall. They were pretty much on my doorstep but places I might never have otherwise visited, including,

Roche Rock

Boscastle – where stories tell of witches who sell the wind to sailors

Zennor – where tales of mermaids stretch back many hundreds of years and are carved into church pews


the mermaid pew carving from Zennor churnch

End carving at Zennor in Cornwall


St Ives

and Dartmoor National Park is sure to be a recurring location.

I hope it will be another Summer of exploring Devon, Cornwall and beyond to dream up some more imagery celebrating our Celtic Legends.

Can You Help?

If you know of any fascinating legends I’d love to be pointed in the right direction for resources to find out more about it. I have a few great books but they are few and far between.

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