Styling With Art by Mandy Poernig 5th April 2016 of my landscape paintings
‘Cansick’s work in one word has to be charming. Fascinated by nature, her atmospheric landscapes explore the striking scenery that sits right on her doorstep. Her woodland impressions use light and colour to draw the viewer’s eye into the painting. Cansick’s landscape series in particular was one of her first forays into experimenting with colour, moving away from a muted palette as a way of better highlighting nature’s abundant greens.’
By drawing and photographing my surrounding area I became interested in making portraits of the trees.
My exploration of the landscape is largely concerned with colour. I love to play with the intensity and contrast and explore colour perspective by using compositional elements. My aim is to capture the essence of woodland and the personality of each tree, painting the textures and silhouettes. Painting landscapes offers me a test in the complexity of colour, shape, light and texture which I enjoy solving.
My initial drawings remain important throughout the painting process and they are the beginning of abstraction of shape and compositional development. My attention is drawn to the linear content and the skeletal silhouette on the canvas. The landscape pieces have developed into painterly images of the woods around the county and of individual trees within open landscapes, using heightened colour and a limited palette. My skills in oil painting have been largely self taught through my own practice and experimentation.
Rise Art curator says, ‘Claire’s vacant, poetic landscapes are inspired by her Norfolk heritage. With a subtle use of colour and brush work, she captures the sunlight beautifully, making these works the perfect way to bring nature indoors.’
I am happy to consider landscape commission requests. Recently I completed this one where the client sent me several photographs of favourite landscapes and I was able to choose one of the photos to use as a starting point. This was a most enjoyable process.
Please use the contact form for any commission enquiries, an informal chat about the process or to discuss any of your ideas.
All works in the picture gallery are for sale unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to message me for details and prices.