This piece was painted after walking the local country lanes. During most of the year the hedgerows become a barrier to seeing, but in the winter each gap reveals a new hidden world. I wanted to create in each of the holes 'little secrets', a church, a flock of sheep, a landscape, or just being starred at by creatures of the dark. These secret holes are, during most of the year, the motorways of travel for many birds. Remove the hedgerows and you remove the highways, the means of travel for an enormous number of travellers.