Welcome to Paint and Ashes

Hello, I’m Martin Southwood, an artist, writer, walker and recovering psychotherapist.

My views are non-conformist, of bright green buds and dried leaves. I avoid judgement and pursue ideals of inclusion, compassion and love.

I offer original writing (free) and original paintings (for sale). The more I sell, the more content I can offer free.

This website has hosting and development costs. Please buy a painting, or at least make a donation. If you can’t afford a painting I can offer bespoke Giclée prints. Contact me for prices using the form below.

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Martin Southwood on Dixcart Bay, Sark

My Philosophy

These lines by James Hillman are by turn powerful and poignant. They express exactly the feelings that I would take ten times the space to get across:

"It may be surprising to associate the diseased with the divine and culture with deformity. We do so want the gods to be pristine, models in marble on Olympus, pure as driven snow. But they are not without their shadows, their afflictions and infirmities. As they are beyond time (athnetos, “immortal”), so these shadows of disorder that they portray in their myths reappear in those human events that are not affected by time, that is, in chronic disorders. Since we are created in their images, we can only do in time what they do in eternity. Their eternal afflictions are our human infirmities. … I look to arts for understanding, to ritual for enactments, and to the lives of men and women of the past and how they came through. I need something further than community and civilisation for they may be too human, too visible. I need imaginal help from tales and images, idols and altars, and the creatures of nature, to help me carry what is so hard to carry personally and alone. Education of sensitivity begins in the back ward, culture in chronic disorder.”

Hillman, James. A Blue Fire. HarperPerennial 1991

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