Unison Colour Young Artist Award
It is such a huge honour to receive the Unison Colour Young Artist Award for my three works at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016. The award, new for 2016, celebrates the use of soft pastel and is awarded to encourage young artists to work with this inspiring medium. I was interviewed by Unison Colour about how I created the works and my inspirations – read my interview here
o be given an award from the makers of pastels I have used in the paintings themselves is wonderful. I would not be able to create the depth of layering in my paintings without the exceptional quality of Unison pastels – they have a gorgeous soft and creamy consistency, and create beautifully rich colours on the paper that can even withstand my constant reworkingsThe award itself will allow me to travel further afield to explore new landscapes to paint and it's exciting to consider possible locations both in the UK and abroad.
Unison Colour is based in the Northumberland National Park, and was started in the early 1980s by artist John Hersey. Unison Colour Soft Pastels are still completely hand made and are mixed to John's meticulous recipes, based on traditional pigments such as cadmiums, cobalts and natural and synthetic earths. The difference in the manufacturing process - hand rolling rather than extrusion - gives Unison Colour Soft Pastels a unique texture that is unmatched and loved by artists.
Selected for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016
I’m excited to have been selected again this year for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, at Mall Galleries in London. Three new works have been chosen – ‘Midwinter Fire’, ‘Hedgerow’ and ‘Stormy Skies’. Together with my continuing fascination with dry media and creating texture on the paper surface, there has also been a re-emergence of colour in these new pieces. Colour has slipped away from my larger works for quite a while but I now find myself reaching for it again. I think it is better to allow these developments to happen naturally, and embrace them when they do.
As always the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition is wonderfully diverse, incorporating both abstract and representational works from so many brilliant artists, and it’s also such a strong reminder that pastels are underrated as a medium.
The show runs from 23rd February to 5th March, to view the catalogue and works please visit www.mallgalleries.org.uk
“Pastels are the most exciting of all the mediums. What better than to grab a small piece of chalk and make an immediate blast of colour. No mixing, no fiddling around with Flow Improvers or Slow Drying mediums, no brushes to keep clean. Just pure colour at your fingertips.” Cheryl Culver, President of the Pastel Society
Wish You Were Here postcard exhibition
I’ve produced several postcards for the ‘Wish You Were Here’ exhibition at Woodend in Scarborough, mostly inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of Yorkshire. The works are all 4” x 6” and for sale at £20 each, with £1 donated to Cancer Research UK from each postcard sold. It's a fantastic opportunity to buy an original artwork at an affordable price.
These small scale works continue my developments throughout the last year with dry media such as charcoal, pastel and graphite. They also incorporate collage which I’ve allowed to form the structure of the composition, and evoke the colour and lines of Yorkshire. Some are inspired by landscapes further afield, such as the mountain ranges of Iceland. These works have been such a pleasure to create – I am tempted to make many more! Look out for them in future exhibitions.