Artwork for Debbie Macklin
Willy's Cottage, Prussia Cove
I like to look for the structure, light, colours and shapes that give a place character and mood - at a moment in time - and then to work with paint to bring those qualities together on a canvas. This is an evolution, and the outcome is usually not clear at the outset. Hopefully, there comes a point where the painting becomes independent from the source of inspiration and exists in its own right. That's what I'm trying to do! I love working in oils: they are both extremely demanding and forgiving.
This year started with a painting of a local apple orchard in its bare winter state, with small clusters of left-over apples - still bright reds and yellows - lying on the ground. The twisted shapes of the trunks and the patches of colour seen through the framework of branches was intriguing to paint, and I thought that orchards could be a wonderful source of inspiration, throughout the seasons. Besides, orchards are such a feature of local landscape and identity; and as a subject, they offer so much that interests me in painting.
I think it is about exploring and responding to the possibilities and potential of paint. There is no end to this!
I am a painter, working in oils from my studio on the east side of the Malvern Hills. A longterm interest in drawing and painting has became increasingly focussed in recent years, and moving to the Malvern Hills in Autumn 2020 has given me a new working base in a stunning part of England.
With a degree in Physical Anthropology and a career based on journalism and communication, it's taken a while to find the right time and place to focus on painting. I was introduced to oils nine years ago in Tom McPherson's Cambridge Art Workshops, which was a springboard for studying at the Norfolk Painting School, where I completed the Diploma course under Martin Kinnear in 2019.
Worcestershire Open Studios - 2022, 2021
Inspirations -Fine Art Show. Marlow. with Julian Stanford. 7-8 August 2021
I sell my work from my studio and via my website.