In his recent paintings Richard Cook evokes a drama of epic proportions to create a memory of nature in a chaotic and untamed state. Walking and drawing on a daily basis are central and the lifeblood of his practice. Several studies are often passed into use for the same painting. Since he began living in Cornwall in 1985, Cook has repeatedly visited the maritime landscapes of Newlyn, Penzance and Lelant and the wild heathlands of Dartmoor. The poetry in Cook’s work reveals his passion for nature in its most dangerous state – wild, mystical and filled with impending tragedy.