West Coast Dusk is a superb example of Abigail's expressive style. On the large canvas she has depicted an expanse of dramatic sky over the Celtic Sea area of the Atlantic. But far from being stormy, the sea is calm, the main action taking place in the sky, where so-called crepuscular clouds fan sun rays down on the surface of the water. As with all her work, there is a remarkable sense of movement, the viewer becomes involved in the scene – the sea spray and ozone almost sensible through the layers of applied paint.
Abigail Waddell is a part time Rheumatologist and when she is not working for the NHS, she is painting. She finds that doing both jobs encourages enthusiasm and creativity in each role. She lives in the Cotswolds, but has spent summer for the last 25 years in Scotland, but is also drawn to Wales, Devon and Cornwall. In all these locations she has favourite spots where she will return to paint, sketching in the open (en plein air) and then working the sketches up in her studios. She describes her approach:
‘ I favour oils for landscapes of land or sea in which the light and in particular, the clouds demand an impressionistic approach, to allow the pieces to reflect more than simply a snapshot of what is in front of me and give the viewer a significant role in interpretation.’
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:100cm, W:100cm
Oil on canvas
Unframed canvas on stretcher with fittings for hanging
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