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British Landscape -My Inspiration

Growing up in Northamptonshire, I spent most of my time in the countryside. I have distant memories of walking across fields with friends as a teenager with t-shirts on our heads, running up and down mini forest hills and hiding in ditches as a younger child, or watching the trees swaying in the breeze as my mum read stories to me. Every memory has the peaceful beauty of the British Landscape established in it.

In 2016, I was regularly walking in the beauty of the Brecon Beacons or Bannau Brycheiniog as it is called in Wales. I began to develop my current collection and finally found my voice in the material I had fallen in love with as a child. The images below of Tor y Foel were taken in mid-autumn, and the peaceful simplicity of natural lines, forms and colours are used in my work.

The final five images are views from Down Tor in Dartmoor taken this summer remind me that the sky has significantly influenced the colours of my work. The pale grey-blue memories of mellow winter skies and the dark blue-grey are influenced by the vivid night skies of countryside nights where light pollution has no effect.

The refined, tactile surface of my work is influenced by the texture found in nature. I look for my work to be not just a visual memory of the landscape but a sensory experience of the peaceful beauty of the countryside. I hope that when you use my work, it will draw you back to a peaceful and quiet moment of calm and create a place for you to rest.

Posted by Karen Dawn Curtis on September 13th 2023

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