I will be exhibiting images of magical places portrayed in acrylics, watercolour and various forms of printmaking alongside jewellery made from re-purposed silver, antique, vintage and contemporary beads and semi-precious stones. All my life I have been entranced by, usually, my local landscape, as a non swimmer, attracted by all forms of water and fascinated by the effects of light, tone and texture on mainly the natural world. I love jewel-like colours and experimenting to find the end result that I can just perceive in my minds eye. I am a great believer in trying to achieve a sense of place in my work. It's great when it works out!
The Forge is a lovely venue. It has an outside area and serves teas, coffees, soft drinks and a variety of savoury and sweet treats. Please refer to their web site below for opening times
As an artist, teacher and fine art valuer Lizzie has work in many parts of New Zealand and Europe and in Canada. You will recognise aspects of Italy, Spain and France in her pieces, along with her familiarity with the history of European art, as she constantly evolves through a cycle of rethinking and creative experimentation. She has exhibited extensively, including being selected for RA Summer Exhibitions, and regularly shows her work in and around her home county.
Skilled in a wide range of techniques and disciplines, she has a unique way of re-imagining materials and their possibilities. You might find her etching hand-crafted silver jewellery, embellishing a painting with words, painting onto a print, or exploring and rethinking the qualities of found objects. Inspired by the ethics of re-use, Lizzie uses reclaimed silver from the electronics industry, as well as re-purposing and recycling silver into unique pieces of jewellery. Snowdrops from her village and leaves from the garden are cast in silver. These form one-off earrings, pendants and bracelets, some bearing little friends in the form of caterpillars or ladybirds. Constantly experimenting with her creative process; her work never stands still, but essentially Lizzie brings it all back home to the countryside of Northamptonshire.
A deep connection to the landscape infuses and informs the work of this country woman.
You might come across her on a walk with her sketchbook recording impressions of water: streams, rivers, lakes, dew ponds or the sea. Or she might be exploring people’s places: parts of the village or gardens, trees in parklands, herbaceous borders, looking at how light and shadow transform the landscape and buildings in it, collecting leaves or drawing the hedgerows that border the rural world. This close personal observation results in colourful paintings, etchings and lino cut prints that make connections with the poetry of 19th century local poet John Clare. Discerning critics will recognise the best of the English landscape tradition; combining enthusiasm for thought-provoking ways of seeing with innovation in handling materials that we recognise in the work of the great proponents of English painting. From a delicately delineated watercolour of a standing stone in Oxfordshire to a bold impasto acrylic of the cliffs of Cornwall, she presents an atmosphere and a perspective all her own. From the immense she brings us a point in time, an angle of the light, and a sense of love of place that borders on the spiritual.
What else will you see in the work of Lizzie Coulter? As well as her enjoyment of the domestic, her love of animals, both cats and those of the farmyard. Her sensitivity to materials reveals itself in her appreciation of textiles, her care of antique wooden furniture and the satisfaction she gains from rescuing and re-imagining old strings of beads into new and beautiful jewellery. Her own words probably express it best.
“I suppose I can be classed as looking very closely at bits of the world in which I live.”
When not making artworks, Lizzie shares a love of restoring and using vintage cars with her husband Steve.