Contemporary Abstract Landscapes
We've all stood there in the landscape and experienced that remoteness, but have you ever stopped to wonder why and how landscape has such a hold on you? Texture and colour, open spaces and small details, the sun, wind and rain all combine to express the power, strength and fragility of the vast and wild landscapes of the north of England and Scotland.
There is so much to explore by taking these remote landscapes as a starting point and letting a painting develop in it's own way, feeding from the spirit of a valley, hill or coastal stretch.
Using abstraction in paintings you can absorb the geography and the physicality of the expansive northern uplands, where birds fly, sheep roam and occasionally, humans are spotted on the horizon. Landscape painting is a solitary occupation, but the results can be shared with many people.
There is great freedom in the outdoors, but, never far away, is the sadness of what the human species is doing to this amazing planet.
I enjoyed many years working as a wallpaper and furnishing textile designer. I then progressed to abstract landscape photography. My work can be found in Landscape Photographer of the Year Vol 9 (published by the AA) and in #NoFilter - a great little book about abstract photography written by Natalia Price-Cabrera and published by www.laurenceking.com
In the last few years I've picked up the paintbrush again and returned to painting. I live and work near the coast, on the southern edge of the English Lake District.
Arteria with Gallery 23, Lancaster, Lancashire
The Lake Gallery Open Exhibition, West Kirkby, The Wirral
The Eden Gallery, Newburgh, Lancashire
Merlewood Mansion, Grange-Over-Sands. Cumbria
‘New Beginnings’, Brewery Arts, Kendal, Cumbria
‘Out of the Earth’, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria,
‘Observation’, Brantwood House, Coniston, Cumbria
Tarpey Gallery Open Exhibition, Castle Donington
‘On Display’, Kendal Museum, Cumbria, 18 Aug - 30 Sep
Brewery Arts Open Exhibition, Kendal Cumbria
Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria
‘Elemental’, Roots and Wings Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria