I find myself striving to crystallise and recall the intangible sense of a particular place in time, how it looked and felt to be there, both emotionally and physically, be it landscape or exterior space. I experience the physical act of painting like a conversation in which using mark making and layers of colour I express the silent voice that I cannot communicate in any other way: when the conversation finishes the painting becomes something separate and can appear to be a window to another world, which then reflects the experience of the viewer.
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.
Painting has been about finding a place in which I can feel my presence. I am interested in finding dynamic ways of recording these spaces – sometimes this has been outside in the sunshine, rain and wind; at other times it has been inside the rather dark studios I have inhabited over the last fifty years.
Living in this very rural corner of Cornwall, I walk every day through fields from the studio or along footpaths and out on the moor. I need that connection with the natural environment, from the wooded valley to the rugged hills and granite tors of Bodmin Moor. These experiences are within my paintings, referencing not only the elements of rural life and landscape, but also the memories, and the generations of lives before us, and this changing world.
Originally from Plymouth, Leo moved his studio to Cornwall in 2002 and began developing a style of painting that reflects his personal experience of prayer and meditation.
His work represents concepts and emotions, depicted through different colours and forms. He sees the pieces as the unconscious made manifest and his lifestyle devoted to reflection, study and meditation lends the work an air of beauty and mystery. Varied and imaginative use of materials including silver reflects an influence of religious iconography and lends the paintings a changeable quixotic quality which is constantly mutating with the variation of the days light.
Very few of the works are titled, as Leo prefers to allow the viewer to encounter their own meaning and come to their own understanding with the work, in appreciation of their pure abstract nature. More information is available at www.leojsaunders.com and Leo welcomes visits to his studio by appointment.
The Castle Studio, 5 Church St Launceston. 01566 248085 or 07890 365596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Doyle paints in a converted stable on Cruit Island, in County Donegal. Surrounded by the wild Atlantic and frequently in the eye of the storm, she works in oil and cold wax medium, building texture and energy filled forms in an attempt to reflect her position, both physical and perhaps emotional, in her space. This year she has spent some time in Portugal, bringing a brighter, warmer element to her palette.
She has exhibited extensively in Ireland since 2006. She has a blog www.donegallizdoyle.com where you can see her work and her influences’
For over forty years, Pete has lived in a beautiful valley with a stream that runs down off Bodmin Moor, through a woodland garden and on towards the river below. He was trained at Bournemouth College of Art and St Paul’s College, Cheltenham; he taught at Launceston College and was Head of Art there until 2001.
The inspiration for most of his work is centred around the moors, valleys and skies of east Cornwall and the nearby presence of two strong lines of earth energy, the St Michael line and the Mary line. Using strong colours with wood, plastic and paper in his bas-reliefs, Pete’s work has been applauded and exhibited widely in Devon and Cornwall as well as at the Circle Gallery in London.