The local landscape, and Marsden Moor in particular, is such an important part of my life and my work. To see the numerous recent fires devastate moorland was heartbreaking . Over the Easter weekend, the fires covered an estimated 1,000 hectares of moorland, destroying precious habitat for wildlife like curlews and mountain hares. More than 200 firefighters were involved in the four-day operation to finally put the fire out. These fires follow on from last years moor fires, which I produced painting in response to. I thought last year was an isolated incident but sadly it doesn't seem to be the case. But it was amazingly work by the fire fighters and volunteers to eventualy get it under control, you can see from the photos below how extremely difficult and dangerous a job it was.
Photos taken at Marsden Moor by Huddersfield White Watch.
'Burning Light', oil on canvas, 60cm x 45cm
'Moorland Blaze', oil on canvas, 40cm x 30cm