Outside the town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, a natural island is formed between the two rivers Severn and Avon. Betty has depicted this scene, devoid of people or habitation, on what appears to be a winter's evening. This is a crepuscular study, filled with atmosphere as the silvery light fades across the mirrored water, and the features of the landscape become ghostly. The paint, finely applied, creates a smooth almost monochrome surface with the warm, yellowy underpainting showing through to extraordinary effect.
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:70cm, W:100cm
Oil on canvas
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