I had often thought that there may be connecting aspects in my paintings of Cornwall and Ireland which might relate in some way to the clarity and precision found in the Greek landscape, but it wasn't until April 2008 that I made my first visit to Greece. Initially it was only for five days to Athens and the Attica coast, but later that same year I accompanied this with a trip to the Peloponnese and began a series of drawings from the Argolid landscape, knowing that there was much more to pursue and that it would be essential for me to return if I were to explore these ideas in depth.

A bursary awarded by the British School at Athens in 2009 focused my interest in the geometry of architecture and its relationship with both the landscape and the visual language I use within my work.
© Vanessa Gardiner