Oil by Kate Cochrane
Oil on Board
Quiet Desolation, Dunstanburgh
Dunstanburgh Castle was once a magnificent structure now decaying quietly overtime. It is very much the romantic ruin standing high on a remote headland on the Northumberland coast. It is approached along a close cropped grassy walk alongside the sea and rocks while sheep graze turning their backs to the salty spray.
Gradually you walk up to the impossible top-heavy ruined towers where ghosts mingle with visitors finding shelter from the wind swept coast.
I trained as a Graphic Designer in Canterbury then concentrated more on painting than design. Now I live and work in Frome, Somerset. Since first being able to hold a crayon I am at my happiest drawing and painting in my garden studio.
The inspiration for my work comes from my response to elements in the landscape: trees, rocks, ruins and reflections in water.
With the emphasis on colour, light and composition using layers of paint and glazing, I work in a variety of media including oils, acrylics, gouache, oil and dry pastels.
My enjoyment is in the process of producing a painting, often combined with the difficulty of expressing how I feel about the subject: the results are a rich tapestry of colour and texture. My wish is for the viewer to be able to sense the passion, joy and vitality of my work.
Paintings have been shown at the Royal West of England Academy, The Mall, Bath Society of Arts Open, and Southampton Art Gallery.
My work can be seen at the First View Gallery, Stourhead where I am one of their resident artists.