In Roman culture the Viridarium was an internal garden sitting room within the Roman Villa, the walls were decorated with frescoes depicting plants and birds. This work is painted directly from my garden -it's mid-summer and the flowers are alive and abundant. My own little piece of paradise. I admire the Romans for their gardens - places of peace and tranquility, a refuge from urban life. Places that are filled with religious and symbolic meaning. And gardens that are inspired and influenced by civilisations across the World. There is such time for contemplation and inspiration here.

130 w x 90 h cm

Oil and pastel on Arches Oil paint paper