I currently live in Barton under Needwood and paint from my studio gallery,the gallery@Ridware Arts, Hamstall Ridware, in the heart of rural Staffordshire on the banks of the River Blythe.
Bliss of Solitude
My paintings are concerned with landscape, both in broad expanse and in close up detail and express both the dramatic and subtle ways in which light transforms a subject. I work mainly in watercolour, although I also paint in oils and have an interest in printmaking. A recurring theme in my work is the depiction of water, as it provides a consistent challenge. From puddles and ponds, to rivers and the sea, my approach to watercolour embraces both representational and abstract elements, and I try to push the character of the paint to extremes.
Sun After Rain, Old Harry Rocks
I’m lucky enough to live and work in amongst a whole network of rivers, lakes and reservoirs in the Midlands, surrounded by open countryside. However I also love to be ‘on the edge’, so I travel to the coast as often as possible to sit on the cliffs and breathe the air of Pembrokeshire, Dorset and Yorkshire and experience the wide open spaces of Northumberland. After site visits, numerous sketches, colour notes and photographs for reference, I work in my studio on heavy weight rag paper in pure watercolour – the bigger the better!
Images and text © Deborah Walker 2012