Sunset Over Cross Hill
Mixed Media On Canvas
72cm x 60cm
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Some of my most recent works are inspired by the streets of Manchester. I still have an affinity with the city since I lived and worked (and played) here as an interior textile designer in the nineties.
It was after moving to west Yorkshire and starting a family that I decided to try to make a living as a painter and found inspiration in my new surroundings – the rural landscape of the Calder Valley.
I was keen to depict however not only the timeless qualities of nature but also a landscape of our time - a human narrative in the form of roads, buildings, street furniture, vehicles or machinery. I am also interested in capturing a place in a certain dramatic light – before or after a storm, the low sun of a late autumn afternoon or even a glow from a street light at night.
I have developed a technique that combines acrylic painting with collage using transfers made from my own digitally altered photographs. I believe this technique brings a contemporary feel to my work. and also creates contrast which is often something I wish to reflect..
Though frequently returning to my local landscape I have gone on to find inspiration from others both rural and urban. I always aim through my work to reflect the true aesthetic character of a place. I believe my design background has heped my painting in many ways from my intuitive use of colour to my readiness to create work which is both innovative and yet accessable for a home or office environment..
Since working with Atrtzu I have undertaken domestic and corporate commissions including boardroom pieces for The IM group head office in Birmingham and Wincanton head office in Bristol.