In April we were joined by the painter Pat O’Connor who spent time with birdwatchers at Hayle estuary and the skateboarders of the Wherrytown skatepark in Penzance.
On her first night in Zennor, she was led along the coffin path by Rosy Lees where the pair discovered a fallen down chapel showing the carved names of people. They noticed many of the dates corresponded to the Great War and imagined the men of Zennor inscribing these before going off to battle. Pat responded to this find with two small paintings showing women fighters from the conflict in Syria alongside women horse riders enjoying leisure time.
Pat’s paintings in and on the landscape are rewards for the alert. This is especially true of her paintings on the rocks below Treveal Cliff that are covered by the ocean on each tide.
At the end of her stay Pat led a walk from Treveal to Zennor and back along the coast path. The group of 16 enjoyed seeing some of Pat’s outdoor paintings, looking at and listening to birds, refreshments at The Tinners Arms and cakes back at the studio.
Image: Untitled (2017), courtesy the artist.