Dawn told us about her inspiration
I aim to capture a poignant moment, a distant memory,
a sense of peace and freedom in the seascapes I paint. Historically seas and coastlines
have been portrayed as a place of storms, battle and death, but as I walk along the
shorelines of the Atlantic I find restoration and inspiration.
Although the landscapes can often be lonely and bleak, I see a quality of light both
on the horizon and within the sea that I try to capture in the paintings that portray
hope and serenity.
There are times when the light seems to stand so still, casting dusky long shadows
that brings a soft tenderness in a sometimes harsh reality.
The contrast between light and dark also produces a feeling of depth and perspective,
encapsulating a unique and fleeting instance never to surface again, celebrating
the diversity of every moment. By simplifying and softening
the forms and focusing on a limited and somewhat muted palette, I aim to emphasise
the force and power depicted in creation to extract and focus on the peace.
I use hand made gesso primed canvases and mix safflower oil glazes from good quality
pigment for all my paintings. I find that the layering of translucent glazes enphasize
light and shadow and allow for a rich build of colour and form.