PANDORA
BUTTERFIELD

Statement

My deep interest in art lies in the "Romantic" landscape tradition of observation and emotional responses to nature, weather and light.

The legacy of European landscape painting of the early nineteenth century has been significant in developing my own artistic philosophy. In particular the notion of self expression through nature, man against the elements and our surroundings urging us to come around to an understanding of ourselves. The highly charged painterly surfaces of Constable's oil sketches and Boudin's beach scenes are executed in a vigorous, yet searching manner. Both artists' work conveys more than representation of place; it is their obsession with "their" landscape, its drama, the battle between weather and light that gives their arwork its truth. It is that "otherness" in their art, the intangible, the ethereal, the spirit of nature that elevates their artwork from mere copy to poetry.

My own practice continues in a similar genre, grounded in the discipline of observational drawing from nature, grappling with form, space and light. I make note of shifting seasons, the quiet emptiness of winter with its somber light, to the vibrancy of summer with its golden hue. Living in the landscape as I do, enables me to stay connected to my changing surroundings, being both aware of and sensitive to them.

Painting outside throws up opportunities to capture the immediacy of what is happening above and around. It challenges, because nature works within its own time and is never still. Working "en plein air" enables me to connect with my senses and recognize nature as a powerful force.

Using a limited palette of colour, I literally draw with the paint, remembering to capture what is infront of me. An artwork should lift one out of the day-to-day so that it enhances and gives meaning to reality. I endeavour to find the emotional tie between subject matter and the heart.

Pandora Butterfield. MA(Fine Art)