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Artwork for Debbie Macklin

Spring flowers and autumn fruits

The path to Bredon Hill

October sunrise on Llangrannog

Early morning dog walkers on Midsummer Hill on

Fallen fruit

Purser's Orchard in Winter

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

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.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I think it is about exploring and responding to the possibilities and potential of paint. There is no end to this!

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

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.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

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.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Inspirations -Fine Art Show. Marlow. with Julian Stanford. 7-8 August 2021
Worcestershire Open Studios - August 2021

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Debbie Macklin
I sell my work from my studio and via my website.

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