Day 21 Night Ridge, oil on canvas, 16x12 inches

This painting is one of a series of works based on night views of mountains. Some of my favourite times in the mountains have been at night – usually whilst camping. It is a unique experience – silent and often freezing, but allows an intimate perspective on a mountain. By far the most memorable of these was at Everest Base Camp (North side, Tibet) where, during a late night (open air!) loo visit, Everest, moonlit and monumental, loomed over me. The top was being battered by hurricane level winds and the spindrift was beautifully illuminated but at basecamp everything was still and the only sound was the low tolling of the yak bells.