The last few years have been busy ones for me: the creation of my new book - " Through Their Eyes and Mine" - was a huge project. The full endeavour, from conception to completion on November 1st, 2014, took four years. As a poet, I enjoyed creating the pieces accompanying the larger paintings. Research for the prose essays was intensive, but I found it interesting that my painting and writing were interactive: that is, I would be sitting at my easel, working in watercolour, when a line of poetry or a point I wished to make in an essay, came to mind. Consequently, the margins of my small originals were often covered in scribbled pencil notes. One genre seemed to stimulate another!
Now, with the advent of 2015, I am back to working on my commissions. I owe a big "Thank you" to those patient clients, who knew that I was putting all such projects on hold for 2014, while I gave my full attention to completion of the book.
I felt it was very important to finish the book at the date I had set myself, as it is a statement which I especially wanted to make in these troubled times, when concern for the environment often takes a back seat to other world issues. Now, more than ever, we all need the beauty and peace which our natural world offers. It is very important to cherish and protect these things.
his year, at the request of many, I will be producing a new calendar - "The Poetry of Birds 2016" - featuring some colourful new paintings together, again, with the birds' views of our world.
- M. Morgan Warren