Over the past 25 years I have spent a lot of time in Staithes, on the North Yorkshire coast. Brian Rutenberg considers that every artist needs a ‘clear-seeing place’, where their connection to that place is more than nostalgia or memory, but is where their muse resides. Staithes is mine. Whenever I’m painting, this beautiful place is influencing me.

My clear-seeing place
Empty of life’s distractions
Purely love and light