Catching the Light
Observe the ever-changing effects of light on our natural forms, coastal scenes and moorland landscapes through Gail Hurst’s and Sue Morton’s paintings, and Emma Evett’s glass sculptures and jewellery.
Port Mulgrave artist Gail Hurst enjoys the experience of painting in and around the North York Moors National Park. Her own feelings and moods, and her response to the sea or landscape, are essential to her work and also influence her choice of materials.
She hopes to share her experiences with others, and makes no apology for enjoying working in a variety of mediums and styles, as the muse takes her.
Like many landscape artists I paint seasonal changes and fleeting moments, and feel that I have a special affinity with dark, angry skies. Maybe my name should have been Gale!
Outdoor observations and studies enable me to recall various experiences years later, when I look back at my old sketchbooks. I can remember the specific occasions – working with friends with the sun on my back, or with the wind whipping up, or hastily packing as rain threatened to fall.
If the weather is wild and exciting, I respond by working energetically – and the resulting studies are completed quickly and freshly.
Sue Morton’s work is motivated by her life-long fascination with vernacular buildings, both great and small (and in various states of dilapidation), and with the ever-changing moods of the coast.
Sue trained in the arts, worked in the museum and arts sector, and ran an historic house educational museum. For more than 15 years she was associate and then principal of an historic buildings consultancy, painting and exhibiting when she could. Finally, longing to return to her roots, she gave up the 'day job' and came 'home' to Whitby to paint full time.
I have worked in and with historic buildings for much of my career, and have loved being on the sea all my life.
Yorkshire's villages and hamlets have a very special character. They nestle in beautiful wild countryside and are enhanced by the clarity of the air and the mists over sea and moorland, which intensify colour and create amazing sunrises and light effects.
My constant challenge and joy is to try and distil such ephemeral scenes into a completed picture, and preserve a spirit of place and time in a fast-changing world.
Emma Evett makes work in glass, ranging from jewellery to wall pieces and freestanding sculpture.
Her current work is an ongoing study of plants, which are closely observed and translated into glass pieces using drawing, print and decals. She also experiments with kiln carving but works mainly in fusing and casting glass.
Like many artists Emma is inspired by nature and its ever shifting rhythm, and draws on her personal experiences of a walk in the countryside and the beauty of the changing seasons.
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