My ‘…Scapes’ project had two main aims. My first aim was to produce work. Quite embarrassingly, as simple as that. I set out in 2012 to get back into creating artworks I felt both passionate and proud of. My main problem was I didn’t know where to start, in fact I had too many starting points. I needed something to ground myself and focus my tangential thoughts. I realised that I didn’t feel comfortable painting landscapes, I found the vastness of the natural world intimidating, so what better place to start than with a subject matter I would normally avoid.
The idea I hit upon for ‘…Scapes’ was to paint each work using a different hue and to keep the works monochromatic. I also chose to work in glazes as I had never used them before. I really enjoyed working on the landscapes. A lot more than I thought I would. I look back on the series and can see how far I have come and how they have helped me focus my concerns.
I will revisit the landscape again, but in a different way. I want to get to know Sheffield the city first how it has formed its secret places and histories. The use of landscape once again reminded me of the importance of growth and change in my art.