My cloudscape pastel painting series ‘Sky Talk’ has been created during lockdown. This work represents the wide-eyed, expansive wonder that comes with a desire to reconnect - to ourselves, to eachother and to nature. My feeling is that, at a time when we all need each other and yearn for a sense of connection more than ever, we might look up and look out at the same one sky that binds us.
I use the framework of beauty to explore the relationship between humanity and nature. My large-scale pastel paintings merge photorealism with abstract sensibilities to document moments of sublimity, transition and fragility in nature. The dynamics of light and dark work as a metaphor for the opposing forces in nature and in ourselves, creating landscapes that hover between land and sky, material and ethereal.
I am enamoured by the water cycle, as a motif to address ideas around our relationship to our environment and the consequences of a changing climate. As environmental changes become increasingly affecting, alternate ways of framing our relationship with the land garner importance. With this in mind I’ve begun to explore new aesthetic perspectives on the challenges confronting our land. To choose to convey the beauty of our land is not to deny the very real decline, as among the many gifts of art is to shift focus to the positive or proactive. If we emotionally experience the sublimity of the land on which we live we’re more inclined to preserve it.
The 'Sky Talk' series is a lens through which the spectrum of our fragile existence is revealed, and a means to marvel at how lucky we are to feel that fragility fully. This work documents nature and self in flux and celebrates the beauty of what we stand to lose.