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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Patrick Woodroffe

Patrick Woodroffe


"I have been a vegetarian since I was nine years old. Living on a Devon farm at that time I was horrified by the slaughter of innocent creatures. But I would never be against other people being carnivorous, simply because the world does need predators to maintain an effective evolution system. I am a "green fascist", but like most people with the same claim, I can't avoid the "ungreen" seduction of air travel. But I've still not learned to drive; I ride three bikes - two at home and one in Switzerland. Cornwall has inspired me right from the start, a landscape so aesthetic, flowers almost throughout the year, a coast with so many footpaths, probably more than in any other country. I have lived here since 1964, so many locals know me well, especially my pupils for French and German at Falmouth High School. My wife Jean has worked for Batemans Opticians - a friendly family business - since the same year, so I've always had good glasses for close-up work. Cornwall has always been my real home, but I also feel very much at home in Gruyères, Switzerland, the place where many of my most ambitious projects are coming through. The best example is "La Route des Cloches" (The Bell Path) - see this huge project on the BELLS page. The most popular meal in Gruyères is a mixture of two local
melted cheeses refered to as fondue moitié moitié (melted half and half), so when I have exhibitions in Switzerland I often talk of myself as being both Cornish and Swiss - cornouaillais/gruérien moitié moitié."

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, U.K. 1940. World War II was already giving my parents nightmares, reality just as stressful, but I was too young to be aware of it, my dreams already in bright colours. My mother tongue is English, but there are web-site texts in French and German because I had a language degree at Leeds University in 1964. I was taught neither painting nor writing, and although I worked as a schoolmaster for eight years, my paintbrush and my typewriter already active, I became a professional creator of Text & Images in 1972. I have had about 17 projects of my own, 11 of them already realised. I have lived in CORNWALL since 1964.

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