Artist’s Statement: ‘Cropton Forest I’ and ‘Cropton Forest II’
There are so many beautiful landscapes in Yorkshire I love but Cropton forest in North Yorkshire is one of my favourites. It offers a beguiling mix of intense darkness between the trees and patches of sunlight dappling the forest floor, and there are multiple layers within this landscape – tall linear tree forms, overgrown scrubland and deeply entrenched paths. To depict these layers in my work, as well as convey life and movement, I have made grooves in the surface of the paper and layered with charcoal, graphite and pastel. Marks on the paper have also been erased in order to create a transient effect, reflecting the changing shape of the forest. Above all I hope to capture the essence of Cropton Forest, and the sense of peace and tranquillity it evokes.
My work is the expression of a lifelong affinity with the landscape. Living on the North Yorkshire coast, I am surrounded by moors, woodland and the shore – these landscapes and seascapes are a constant source of inspiration to my work, and my interest lies in the sensory experience of the natural environment. In paintings I work predominantly in oil, and oilsticks (oil paint in solid form) are often used to integrate painting and drawing. Currently my artistic practice is focused on works on paper combining dry media such as charcoal, graphite and pastel.
I have exhibited extensively across the UK, including with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Women Artists, and the Pastel Society, London. In 2014, I won the Arts Club Charitable Trust Award at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition. My work is included in private collections across Europe, Africa and Mexico.
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