Reflections in The New Forest


Oil & Cold Wax on Canvas 80 x 80 cm
Oil & Cold Wax on Canvas 80 x 80 cm (detail)

The painting above is currently on show at the Art in East Anglia Gallery in Bury St Edmunds alongside three other works from my New Forest residency.

This is a cold wax mixed media painting on a high quality canvas frame. It is based on my recent artist residency in the New Forest in Hampshire. I spent a number of days walking amongst the trees and gathering information for a series of paintings through drawing and photography; I wanted to absorb the sights and sounds of the trees in the forest and find a way to recreate something of that experience in paint.

I am interested in surfaces and textures and the way materials can be combined to create tactile qualities. Cold wax can be applied in thin layers or heavy impasto. It can be scored, scoured and burnished like a rich stoneware ceramic glaze; it can left dry, broken, fragmented and uneven.

This painting is based on reflections seen in one of the many streams that carve a pathway through the New Forest; the water is often stained deep orange with iron minerals from the surrounding rocks.

Art in East Anglia, 10 Langton Place, Bury St Edmunds

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