The 19th Century Artist, Marianne North’s, intrepid adventures and prolific paintings of botanical specimens fill me with wonder and provide inspiration for a new body of work exploring memory and our emotional response to both place and the patterns and textures of the natural world. The works whilst seemingly devoid of figuration reference a visual poem: attempting to capture through the sensory medium of paint the mood of either the place or a moment in time. Not using visual reference material is essential when making to allow my own emotion and memory to dictate the placing of colour and shape whilst providing space for the viewer to form their own response. Attempting to grasp the feeling before it disintegrates the painting becomes a metaphor for the lived experience.
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