Lot 341 - Mary Burtenshaw - Windswept Skies
Acrylic on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
I paint dramatic impressionist and abstract landscapes which are inspired by my love of the countryside and the many and varied places I have visited, creating the atmosphere and feeling of a place with the use of texture and light. My love of the countryside and how it varies in form at different times of the day depending on the light, and how the contours and colours change continuously is an inspiration to me.
I see a landscape as evocative, a place that can provide memories but where we can all interpret something different even looking at the same scene. I try to depict the sense of space and mood in something so vast. My pastel landscapes are painted on watercolour paper which gives an intensity of colour and a strong texture but also a soft contour. The technique uses layers of pastel to recreate the form and depth.
My acrylics are painted on paper, canvas or wood panel which all give their own different textures and I use various sizes of brushes to create a more abstract and spontaneous finish. Much like the pastels there are many layers involved especially when painting the more impressionist style. All my paintings convey an emotion that each landscape is unique and locked into an interpretive ‘one moment in time’. Each one is intended to be viewed as if you are there and is something we can identify with, or perhaps as if we have all been there before.
I studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art graduating with a Fine Art B.A. (Hons).
LIME TREE GALLERY
Long Melford, Suffolk
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire
IONA HOUSE GALLERY
GALLERY AT ICE
OPEN STUDIO (LEIGH GALLERY)
East Grinstead, West Sussex
GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL (Group Exhibtion)
About the Postcards
I am currently exhibiting at the Wren Gallery in Burford. I usually paint on large stretch canvas or on medium size board, paper or canvas sheets so painting on a smaller scale presented a real challenge as I was worried that the spontaneity and fluidity of movement required for blending and texture would be diminished. However, I was really pleased that the fluidity was still possible to achieve the colour, depth and tone and I could still be inspired by my love of the countryside to paint at this much smaller size.