Moon over Flooded Fields is a quintessentially English scene of a cloudy night with the moon reflected in water meadow – it is both beautiful and familiar. But Betty has added more; she has captured not just the geography, but the intangible atmosphere of a moonlit landscape. Most of the canvas is taken up with the cloudy sky, which is observed in extraordinary, yet subtle detail. The viewer sees more with every look, from the almost eerily warm glow of the misty surface, where the underpainted coppery tone is allowed to show through, to the exquisite tracery of the silhouetted tree on the horizon.
Betty says of her art:
‘My paintings are mostly inspired by my love of the British landscape and in particular the subtle hues of autumn and winter. Mist-shrouded beaches and snow-clad fields and hillsides, mysterious forest and abandoned buildings in town or country, all hold a fascination for me. My northern upbringing and my ancestry in the Orkney Islands of Scotland are perhaps the reasons why I am drawn to the understated sublimity of these shores.’
Betty Harrison was born in Wigan, she started her art education in nearby St Helens, which she continued, many years later, gaining a degree at the University of Gloucestershire, where she was awarded the prestigious Summerfield Scholarship to study at the British School in Rome. She now paints in her studio in Cheltenham. Her degree show was a virtual sell out and she has exhibited in numerous galleries from London to Totnes; her works features in many private collections.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:50cm, W:80cm
Oil on canvas
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