Rydal Mount Garden with Bench
Oil and non-recyclable plastic on canvas
35 inches x 35 inches x 1 inch
This painting is the garden at Rydal Mount, home of William Wordsworth in Cumbria from 1813 to his death in 1850. The bench in the painting is symbolic of the immense power of nature over man - a theme that Wordsworth explored in his poetry. I make my work from a combination of first hand observational drawings and paintings in the open air, backed up by photos as aide memoirs back in the studio, as well as imagination to produce a final piece on canvas using mixed media, a combination of oil paint, non-recyclable plastics either collaged or ‘soldered’ onto the canvas, and pastel.
I want people to enjoy my images and to perhaps re look at their own environment through a more vibrant lens, but then on closer inspection to discover the different materials on the canvas and ask questions as to why I use plastic; why it is there. I want the discovery of plastic on the canvas to be as subtle as it is in the environment – not really understanding its greater impact at first, but when given the time to contemplate its wider effects, to think beyond the surface, beyond the beauty.