This exhibition showcases paintings by Sue Lewin and Kathy Scott, and bronze resin sculptures by Toni West; exploring their shared fascination with the natural surroundings of walks along the coast and countryside paths.
Sue Lewin’s atmospheric paintings are inspired by the dramatic light and mood of sea and sky, and from exploring the local countryside.
The drama of storm features regularly in her work, reflecting patterns of fleeting light movements; it has drama coupled with a soft intensity. This can also be seen by her curious figures of either solitary walkers or group figures that meander like clouds along the beachscape. You want to know what these people are doing so you enquire deeper into her pictures.
Sue’s interpretation of this ammonite-laden Dorset coast gives us more than the naturalistic form of landscape; she fills us with a sense of space and time that falls into you, much like her endless eroding cliffs.
Techniques: Sue works mainly in acrylics and occasionally stirs in sand and blue lias and natural pigment into the paint, working sometimes on a textured canvas, layering paint with tones of colour to create depth. Atmosphere is created by the subtlest of transitions from dark to light, dry brushing and utilizing a palette knife to pick up texture and highpoints. It’s about a balance of light, shade and perspective, leading the eye to a determinate focal point. The results sparkle with sea salt and light.
Toni West captures the spirit and energy of our canine companions in her bronze resin sculptures.
Toni started sculpting in early 2013 after attending an inspirational course by internationally renowned sculptor Clare Trenchard. She studied the importance of anatomy, form, and movement of a life model, and learned to build an armature upon which to work a wax sculpture for final casting in bronze or bronze resin.
Having been a keen painter of sea and landscape for many years, the enjoyment of working in 3D, combined with her love of dogs, and observation of their behaviour, has resulted in a limited series of animated sculptures, capturing the spirit, movement and energy of our faithful friends.
As a member of the Town Mill Arts Guild in Lyme Regis Toni exhibits regularly in The Courtyard and The Malthouse galleries in Lyme Regis, as well as many renowned local West Country galleries.
The paintings draw inspiration from the surrounding landscapes in Dorset, focusing on rolling hills and woods and the changing seasons and their effect. Kathy regularly revisits the same view at different times of the year and day to explore small changes that are missed by the casual observer. This exploration focuses on the changing shape of trees depending upon the season and its effect on the landscape, whether it’s winter with bare branches or the heavier covering of leaves brought by the warmer months.
Another influence on her paintings are new techniques, such as rubbing out and reapplying paint in layers in order to achieve changes in light and distance. The landscape informs and challenges the painter and makes painting a journey of discovery for the artist and the viewer.
She been studying with Phil Clayton at the Town Mill for a few years, and herwork has developed recently to focus on trees. This new range of work has been influenced by Jakub Schikaneder, Kirt Jackson and Joan Fullerton and their own exploration of light on the natural world.
The work is a range of oil and mixed media on board and canvas and a selection of prints and cards.