Ray Hill

Inner Landscape series statement

Inner Landscapes Series ongoing 

Idealised images of the natural world.

Many people have forgotten how to ‘see’. If they do see, what they are seeing is a world of muted colour. This may be in part due to the often overcast skies of our rain-soaked island: days of greyness that sap the colour out of everything. On the days when the atmospheric conditions are right, the sun is bright and the skies are a never-ending glorious blue. This is when nature’s true brilliance of colour fills the senses.

Nature’s sublimely exuberant colour scheme is impossible to reproduce: artists often struggle in vain to capture the essence of nature. All we, as artists, can do is add our own interpretation and form a co-creation to produce an impression of what we have seen externally

On viewing a painting of nature, some people find it difficult to accept the brilliance of colour, perhaps because their whole being has grown accustomed to a world seen through a grey filter. The grey pervades the very essence of the viewer, eroding their ability to experience fully the dynamic brilliance of nature.

Primarily concerned with colour, I seek to find a way, through the medium of painting, to connect with the landscape and revel in the vastness of our natural world. Using a mixture of techniques, including textured passages, thin blending and glazing of paint as a narrative tool, I aim to create a viewing experience that reveals the joy of colour, using imagery that is calm and peaceful: a reflective, idealised world that can exist in everyone who is willing to engage with it.