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From the series 'The Sound of Raasay'
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, Draper's interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead, he is attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of him; events happening or about to happen.
The body of work made for the series 'Sound of Raasay' is the result of numerous visits to The Isle of Skye, My fascination with the island started some twenty-three years ago when I first moved to Scotland. It was in that same year that the Skye bridge was opened to some a controversial scheme but never the less the ease of access to the island that this created, meant that on my first tentative trip exploring the West coast that it was relatively easy although unplanned to extend my journey. It was then for the first time that I experienced the rugged, dramatic and varied landscape of this unique Island and regular trips have occurred year on year allowing me to further explore that particular wilderness.The Artist