The Suffolk landscape provided the inspiration for Earth, Sea and Sky, an exhibition at World Land Trust gallery in Halesworth.
The show brought together four artists, all of them living in Suffolk, all of them working in watercolour – but each with their own distinctive style.
The exhibition crossed the spectrum from the figurative in Andrew Pitt’s and Elizabeth James’s work to the abstract in Ruth McCabe’s and Sara Johnson’s paintings.
Andrew was born in East Anglia and started painting as a child. For many years he painted exclusively in watercolour concentrating on East Anglia landscapes and marine scenes, and developing a loose, fresh approach to watercolour and a simplicity of style. Andrew always paints in the field - often in quite adverse weather.
For Elizabeth, East Anglia’s landscape, coast and wide open skies provide the main inspiration for her artistic practice. Her work reflects her interest in the way the weather and changing seasons mark the passage of time and affect the mood of the sea, sky and landscape.
Ruth has lived north east Suffolk since 1997, and with her dog Lily, she has walked the fields near where she lives every day and in all weathers. “The colours, shapes, lines and textures, the feel of the air, noises and smells have become part of me. I paint for love of all these things... and in celebration of this ordinary, undramatic, hard-working, agricultural landscape.”
Sara’s work ranges from loose, coloured drawings executed on site, to watercolour and mixed media, semi-abstract paintings, produced back in the studio using sketches, photographs and memory. She too is inspired by land and seascapes but rather than producing a literal interpretation, her work conveys the spirit and mood of a place.
Earth, Sea and Sky: Suffolk Landscapes, 16 August - 4 October 2013
Gallery opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm, closed weekends and Bank Holidays unless otherwise stated
On Sunday 25 August the gallery was open from 10.45am to 2.45pm