Martha’s particular talent is in capturing the essence of a scene through the pure abstraction of colour and light, an approach which expresses a raw and honest sense of the landscape. As a painter, she is inspired by a deep-rooted connection to the land where she grew up, as well as an emotive connection to the ocean and its influence on the landscape she loves to paint. Cornish masters such as Patrick Heron, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, and 21st century plein-air painter Lucy Bray, have all been significant influences on the development of her work.
'Painted throughout Spring, this collection draws on the relationship between land and sea - noticing the shifts in colour between the two components throughout one season, how they stand as two separate entities, yet interact as one.
Part of the collection has been worked on from the windows of two beach huts - one on West Beach, picking up on the simple blend of land and sea, where the deep greens of the Island meet the moving tide of Porthmeor. Other days were spent on the opposite side of the Island, looking out from the small cove of Porthgwidden across the expanse of sea towards the soft dunes and warm tones of Gwithian.
Each colour is lifted directly form the landscape, mixed while stood exposed to its elemental shifts. The unprimed board used to layer upon becomes integrated into each work as part of its total spatial composition. Often present where two colours meet, small raw parts of board give an earthiness to each work, reflecting the environment worked from.'
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