A painting of a view of Sark seen from Herm. The part of Herm island that I most connect with is the area of rabbit nibbled turf and low gorse known as the Common. It is strewn with the rubble of destroyed prehistoric graves. In this uncanny place the genii locorum, the spirits of place, make themselves known. In case you think this ‘haunting’ is fanciful I can only suggest that you make a quiet and respectful visit yourself, and form your own opinion.
The common is bordered on three sides by the sea. Here at Alderney Point/La Pointe du Gentilhomme (one can see Alderney to the north in good weather) one can imagine looking down into the valley that was here before sea levels rose and the islands were cut off from the European mainland. The beach here is strange too, suffused with a curious light, and it is that light I have attempted to capture in this painting.
If you like it, you might also enjoy another view towards Sark from Herm, this time from Belvoir bay.