Completed during the month of October 2023, this is the first time the artist experienced an autumn outside of his English homeland. The painting harks back to a stay at an old converted mill on a tidal creek in Fowey, Cornwall. He says:
“It has been so strange for me not to see the leaves turning different colours. All those hues of ochre, coffee and wine. And it’s also been peculiar to not see the hanging mists in the morning or experience that cold bite in the air that brings with it such a crystal clarity to everything when the mists disappear. Meanwhile, the beautiful Maltese summer just seems to flow ever on and on. I’m certainly not complaining! What a treat! But I guess this painting is my way of saying: until you leave a place you don’t really know what it is you’ll miss or who you actually are”.