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“Back in 1977, I was given the opportunity to train and fly a Peregrine Falcon. It was this falcon, Tassa, that Ray Turner wrote about in his classic monograph Gamehawk. I produced the line drawings for this book and have always had an idea that one day I would create a series of paintings to accompany it. Thirty years on, and having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I decided that if I was going to do this, then the time was now. As often happens with this kind of project, once started it took on a life of its own and this book was born.
Memories of experiences I had forty years ago fill the pages; recollections, still vivid, of flying Tassa. The paintings I have produced, in many cases, are not highly finished but are deliberately sketch-like in their execution, giving fleeting glimpses, of pheasants, partridges, ducks and grouse as the falcon strikes them. They are studies from the perspective of the hunter and the hunted.“