This was the commission given to Catherine Forshall in 2013 by a keen gardener, who had one of Catherine’s fluid marine paintings. Over the next year, Catherine sketched and painted different aspects of the collector’s beautiful Cornish garden for the house which was being much enlarged.
‘It was a wonderful project. So often in your own garden you see things requiring attention that you do not have the time to sit and meditate upon it, to really look. I love flowers, gardens, and plants. Although I am better known for marine subjects, I used to paint flowers, vines and vegetables and this project reawakened an old love. I so enjoyed it that I decided to do more and these are they.’
Danny Holmes-Adams has been painting the English Landscapes of Dartmoor for the last ten years. Up on the moors he can be seen either trudging along with his canvas resembling a sail, or set up, guy ropes holding his picture in place on his easel. When painting Danny becomes so engrossed in the moment and his surroundings that he often comes to when the light fades with his paint smudged battered waxed jacket soaked through.
Danny’s open-air paintings show nature in her wildness; these are not chocolate box images. Looking at these paintings gives the viewer the same sense of soul recharging that you feel when you are by a river or stargazing. His paintings capture the intangible otherness and unruliness of the moors, carved river valleys and night sky in the lasting medium of oil paint. They focus on an idea; sometimes as simple as the excitement at a single colour or revelry at the flesh or texture of food. It is the choice of object and the way in which they are looked at both by the artist and the audience that makes them living pictures.