The Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove

Oil on canvas, 40x30cm

One of the most dramatic places to paint on the Jurassic Coast. It has everything: violently crumpled limestone formations that were formed and distorted around 140 million years ago, and always effected by the elements. Portland and Purbeck stone massives form a bastion (against a sea which can get pretty wild) protecting the softer and beautiful multi-colourful layers of inner Wealdon clay, sandstone, chalk and greensand within. It is a place of constantly changing atmospherics, light and colour.

There is a price to pay for scenic beauty however. Gentle animal tracks criss-crossing the terrain are disappearing too quickly under the feet of the hoards attracted to this area since it was declared a World Heritage Site. And Dorset is an area of interest to the petroleum industry.