Pamela J. Polley

South Light

Charmette's View, SoldCharmette's View, 90cm x 75cm, Sold

Pont Vert, 26 x 46 inchesPont Vert, 65cn x 115cm

Cedar, SoldCedar, Sold

Pont Shadow, 46 x 26 inches, SoldPont Shadow, 115cm x 65cm, Sold

Sanilhac Shortcut, 28 x 20 inchesSanilhac Shortcut, 70cm x 55cm

Olive Afternoon, 28 x 22 inchesOlive Afternoon, 70cm x 50cm, Sold

Via Sanilhac, 28 x 20 inchesVia Sanilhac, 70cm x 55cm

Sanilhac Scene, 28 x 20 inchesSanilhac Scene, 70cm x 55cm

The South of France has always been a magical destination for painters; Van Gogh, Gaugain, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso, and so many more have been inspired by the bright Mediterranean light and vivid colors. The first time I visited, it all became clear to me, and I too, was held captive by this spellbinding landscape.

Riding in the TGV from the greyness of Paris, you have a strange sensation that you’re slowly (or in this case, 200 mph) approaching a land of Oz of sorts. Fields of lavender and sunflowers make a dazzling quilt interspersed with row upon row of deep green vines and olive trees almost as old as the dirt at their roots; villages rise from the ochre hills around them like some giant’s sandcastle creations. Nature is creatively coerced into Cartesian order under a sky so blue that you feel like laughing.

Everything the light touches turns brilliant and bold and you can’t help but understand the magic.