Artwork for Helen Arthur
Hawthorn and Hazel, Olchon Brook
The Leet, Cloddock Mill
Midsummer Morning, East Brecon Beacons
Moccas Hill Wood - etching
Laid Hedge, Longtown - etching
First Snow, Cat's Back
Beyond the bracken, Olchon Valley
When a landscape becomes meaningful to you, it gets under your skin to create vivid memories. My paintings and prints capture that…
There’s a kind of wild light here on the edge of the Brecon Beacons – you see *all* the weather and the seasons feel extreme. This works on my creativity in an inescapable way. On the one hand, I'm drawn to paint the vistas of imposing mountain views and big skies: on the other, I photograph, draw and etch the intimacy of enclosed woodlands and hedgerow spaces. In my dual practice, I search out both the wide space beyond as well as the narrow spaces between. Although my work is representative, it is first and foremost an individual's expressive interpretation, so I'm always seeking to push the abstraction in what I do. My practice is rapidly evolving and often surprising. I'm intrigued as to where the continuing exploration will take me.
To be an artist you strive to be true to yourself while not necessarily being sure of yourself. You benefit from a love of experimentation and a fearless approach. You need to let go of self criticism, or too much awareness of your audience, and patiently let the process and your responses guide you and give you satisfaction. There's the joy of exploring and mastering materials, but there's also the challenge of identifying and capturing your emotional connection to the world around you and what you want to say about it through art.
I started out as a playful, illustrative printmaker about 5 years ago and then discovered landscape painting in 2020 during lockdown. My special place is in the Brecon Beacons – you’ll find me in my stone-built studio in the remote Olchon Valley, under the shadow of Offa’s Dyke and Hatterall Hill. The Cat’s Back and Skirrid mountains bookend the ridge.
My art practice is open and evolving. I take photographs, sketch (inside and out), draw or paint in mixed media most days (obsessive, yes!) A lot of work is created in sketchbooks and on paper; it's not for display but is all about abstraction, discovery and knowledge gathering. When I work on larger "formal" pieces, I find myself painting the natural world, recognisably so, although I fully expect to see my practice become more abstracted as I grow artistically.
I also privately combine my visual work with creative writing and look forward to seeing how this develops.
As we come out of the pandemic I'm resuming printmaking workshops. Please do contact me directly for information through my website and newsletter for updates. From time to time I take local landscape commissions. My practice is mainly self generated however, as this allows me to follow my own enquiries.
Following, successful application for Arts Council Funding, I'm co-curator of the Mappa Marches touring exhibition, aiming to support 8 other artists in the marches region. We’ll be showing the mixed discipline work around the Marches counties for nearly a year, starting at HARC, Rotherwas, in January 2022 and finishing at The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne in October 2022.
Visiting exhibitor – Court Cupboard Gallery – 7 May to 14 July 2022
“The Perfect Hill” exhibition, group show, Ludlow Assembly Rooms Private from 16 July 2022, 4 to 6pm
Ironbridge Fine Arts
RCA Open Art Competition Conwy, North Wales
H.Art here at Skirrid Studio & Gallery
Crickhowell Open Art Competition show
Landscape art – Bluestone Gallery in Hay on Wye
Linocut and etching prints – Ironbridge Fine Arts