Caroline Chappell explains the motivation behind her painting:
‘Our ancient landscape is the inspiration for my work. Walking in the tracks of our Neolithic ancestors on paths that traverse the countryside. I capture a sense of place by drawing and making notes. Back home in the studio I develop these ideas into paintings which reflect the experience of being there.'
Caroline builds up layers of mixed media, especially acrylic paint, using feathers as well as more conventional palette knives and brushes. In her own words, ‘each new painting is an exploration into unknown territory’.
Lyrical in its calm beauty, this landscape – The Spinney – is less abstracted than some of Caroline’s work and brings with it a sense of recession and depth. A cluster of trees, its crown of foliage depicted in thickly applied midnight blue, reaches to the top of the canvas, and joins with the Prussian blue of the sky. The land, from which the tree trunks emerge is equally expressive. Criss-crossed with pencil lines and detailed with texture it appears almost metallic, as if bathed in a silver and gold light. The painting is immensely calm, the trees feeling almost protective.
Caroline has had numerous exhibitions around the local area, and her works are in collections as far afield as Canada, the US and Europe. She organises and tutors workshops on landscape painting.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): H:104cm, W:104cm, painted canvas H:100cm, W:100cm, D:5cm
Mixed media and acrylic on canvas
Framed, plain, cream painted, wooden frame (unglazed)
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