Painting makes me happy but it frustrates me too. One moment I know exactly what I’m doing, the next I’m lost. And that’s the joy of it, the shaky tightrope that I walk to get to the place where it just feels right.
Living on the hilltops above Hebden Bridge, my subject matter surrounds me. I do not have to go far to be excited by mist or a disappearing horizon. The trees, the light, the topography, the weather and the vegetation in all seasons are noticed. The lively wind is frequently present and the shifting conditions challenge me.
Mostly, the paintings are in acrylic or mixed media and include printed papers or fabric for texture/interest. I like to use a variety of surfaces: stretched canvas, braced boards and pre-prepared panels.
My studio is normally on the top floor of Linden Mill in Hebden Bridge but I have temporarily decamped onto the ground floor in the old Gallery. That’s where I’ll be for the next Open Studios event in December. I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before I can return to my old studio under the skylight windows on the top floor. The brightness and clarity of light up there is a delight.
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Photos of Anna by Lucy Cartwright