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 Heather Hartley
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Drawing is of the utmost importance to my studio work – it is a means of investigation, a process of responding and reacting to landscape. I make what I call ‘travel drawings’; I draw on the move, usually through the countryside where the natural environment spurs a work that suits my artistic style (free-flowing, fluid mark-making).

 

Due to the nature of my research, my investigative sketches tend to be small sized and executed in pencil. However, I find I can easily translate them into works of various dimension and media. My large, abstract and expressive paintings imply space and relate to my source material – open vistas of sweeping landscapes from the vantage point of a train window, for example. My smaller constructions incorporate ‘found objects’.

 

All my work, to varying degrees, involves the layering process. This relates back to my initial drawings, which superimpose scene upon scene. My work is a visual record of movement, activity and energy.

 excursions. All my work, to varying degrees, involves the layering process, relating back to my initial drawings, which superimpose scene upon scene. Every single drawing, and hence my ‘finished’ pieces, trace movement, activity and energy.

 

Artist’s Statement

About

I gained an MA (Hons) Fine Art degree from Edinburgh University in 2005. During my studies, I won the Daler-Rowney award and the Royal Scottish Academy’s Linda Clark Nolan award. I have exhibited in Canada, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Chester and have undertaken many commissions, most notably for Vauxhall and Sainsbury’s.