Richard Sharland is an artist, environmentalist, writer and gallery owner who lives in Altarnun, north Cornwall.
I work mostly in collage, watercolour and acrylics and occasionally with found objects. My paintings are landscape based or abstract and painted mostly from memory. It is a way of rediscovering – I am interested in the way my perceptions and memories of places and events are continuously updated, fragmented and reformed, even as I paint.
My work involves recycling: my painted and photographed images, ideas, materials and sometimes the paintings themselves are frequently recycled and re-used, fragmented and reconfigured. Using this approach, I think I am trying to mimic the continuous natural processes of growth and decay as well as the ways in which our thoughts, emotions and memories seem to evolve in interactive layers, individually and collectively.
I exhibited my work widely in northern England in the 1970s, at the Custard Factory, Birmingham in 2002 and at Piccadilly Place Gallery, Manchester in 2014. I am the owner of Terre Verte and exhibit there frequently. I have also published a book and a pamphlet of poetry.