Sandy Hoeft and I will again be exhibiting at the lovely St Etholwold’s in Abingdon this year. We both love landscapes and Big Skies, but our individual approaches to painting are very different, which hopefully makes for an interestin exhibtion.
This year my exhibition will be a broad range of work both of local landscapes and those further afield. I have been experimenting through lockdown and will show some scenes painted in more than one way – revisioning and reinterpreting them with different approaches or different “eyes”! It will be varied in place and style and hopefully will be of interest to those curious about the painting process.
As ever, I want to capture the essence of the landscape - its quiet, its colour, its shapes, its character and its mood. This year, I also have included a small range of work painted “From Above”, a series I have been working on for some years. Inspired my maps and love of high vantage points, Looking Down has fascinated me for a long time!
I hope to meet some of you at St Etholwold’s in May.
I am a fairly eclectic artist who likes to dabble in different media to discover the individual advantages each one’s characteristics, and this year has been no exception. The main medium I use is acrylic for its convenience and flexibility. However, I have also done woodcuts, pastels, oils and now am studying watercolours – the toughest one of all to master! I have also been playing with an exciting form of Abstract Expression, with loose brushwork and collage for texture. While not all media will be presented at the exhibition in May, there will be some new work – freer and more experimental than ever before!!
My studio at home is bulging at the seams with work, old and new, and I love being able to get quickly to it when the mood inspires. My travel of course has been limited during 2021-22, but as I have been lucky enough to travel considerably in the past for both work and play, I have plenty of places to visit In my mind’s eye and a wonderful photographic library to refresh my memory! But, as ever, Abingdon continues to provide me with new material all the time – the river, the changing light, the wonderful walks and the town itself, with its buildings old and new. And new colour palettes can change a view considerably – something I love to try.