Solo Exhibition at The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal (28/02/17 – 22/04/17) and then at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. These abstract paintings were inspired by the Kendal floods and the changes this had on the Cumbrian landscape
The feeling of shock and disbelief walking down by the river after the floods and seeing the debris left high in trees and the mixture of roots, large pieces of fencing, furniture and metal that ended up tangled in trees. Areas of riverbank which just disappeared overnight and trees that were ripped out of the ground. Even now, the grooves in the grass where tree trunks were dragged along are still visible and the new pebble beach is a lasting reminder of the floods.
The floods caused so much trauma to the people of Cumbria and even those not directly effected like myself, were shocked by the impact on people and the landscape around us. The weeks and months after the flood I documented my dog walks with sketches and photos of the aftermath; the debris in the trees, the uprooted trees and the river bank destruction – over time these developed into paintings.
The paintings are inspired by my experiences, sketches and photographs and involve an eclectic use of mixed media. Using acrylic paint and inks, I am never sure what the paintings will be when I start – they evolve and become a conversation between me and the painting. I have used materials from the floods, placed on the canvas and wet ink to produce some interesting marks to work with. I often use sewing patterns in my paintings, the arrows and symbols remind me of symbols and contours on maps , and I also found that the measurements reminded me of flood height recordings. Many of the paintings have layers of mark making and I enjoy rediscovering marks hidden underneath paint. I also use resin in some of my paintings which ‘captures’ a part of the painting and holds it while I work around it. Despite the subject matter, there is a surprising beauty to the paintings, some reminding me of the ariel views of the river from a drone, others of the riverbanks and trees.
Drone view 1 mixed Media and Resin 1M x 1 M – SOLD
Flood Tracks 1M x 1M mixed Media – SOLD AS SEEN BELOW
Flood Debris 3 Mixed Media 1M x 1M £860
Flood Debris 7 mixed Media 1M x 1M £860
Bridge View – mixed media 1M x 1M £860
flood Debris 1 – mixed media 1M x 1M £860
The Morning After – mixed media 1M x 1M £860
flood Debris 5 – mixed media 1M x 1M £860
Against the Barrier – 1M x 1M £860
Various small paintings – mixed Media in white border frames
mixed Media with Resin – £130 each
Wall paper peeling 1 50cm x 50cm mixed Media £460
The Flood – mixed Media – 50cm x 50 cm £460
After the Storm – 50cm x 50cm mixed Media £460
Resin painting – 50cm x 50cm £460
Resin painting 2 – 50cm x 50cm £460
Trees on the bank – 1M x 1M £860