Personal experience is of course, a completely different ball game and on this kind of trip, you are so busy taking everything in it’s often not obvious when to pause and get something down on paper. 7 I had in mind a series of images that would record both my physical journey and the perceptual changes running alongside. The process of visual acclimatisation and eventual suppositions are much more about the experience of creative output than they are, any single image. In many ways I see the paintings, drawings (or for that matter, a piece of writing), as visual punctuations in that wider ongoing process. It is they that often seem to be the re-calibration of thought and not the other way around. At that instant the artwork, just completed, moves centre-stage and becomes a momentary articulation of what I think I know. The American philosopher, Susanne Langer, used the phrase ‘vital import’ to describe the creative combustive reaction particular to artists, the moment the brain digests a multi-sensory set of percepts within a single artwork. Any conclusions are based on past and current experiences and from learnt responses and it is only our individual perception of what we alone see, that makes sense. I don’t regard any of my paintings as literally ‘finished’, although hopefully they reach a point of resolution where I can trust them as standalone representations of my ongoing practice and the term ‘finished’, although not strictly accurate, is used and the work.… is ‘exhibit-able’. A few never get to that point and are condemned to limbo-land until I can figure out a way forward. Some are exhibited, sold, never to be seen again. There are others (unusual but not rare) that have been exhibited, come back and then several months or years later, might be re-worked and shown again. The other day I laid out all the work produced thus far, related to this series – approx. 35+ paintings, drawings and scribbles - all in the order in which they were started. Some seem to be ‘finished’ and at the time of writing, only those who fall into this category are reproduced in this issue. They reflect the transition from built environment to natural and clearly retain vestiges of that previous enquiry. A few are in into the ‘probably’ category, but most have a way to go and I suspect that some will struggle to get over the finishing line. A few, are still to be started, materially speaking, but will be well underway by the time this is published. Viewed together, does that body of work represent my experiences in Chile? The background knowledge, my physiological limitations, beliefs and my capabilities as an artist all converge on the imagery but, if experience cannot be seen,... ...then what is it, that I am looking at ?