Paintings are so very often as much about paint itself as they are about subject or source; a reality not universally understood. It can speak as eloquently as word or melody when exploited with intelligence and dexterity. Hambleton has this understanding in her very DNA.
LINDSEY HAMBLETON: born 1978
STUDIO Via Gellia Mills, Bonsall. Open by appointment.
I have painted from a very young age – the themes of trees, water and wildlife appearing in my work from these early days. I began a professional career in painting after studying art, and also environmental science at universities in Manchester. It was during my degree that I realised the need to be creative full time, although the love of the environment and the scientific detail of zoology and ecology remain, and constantly inform my work.
Working mainly on wood panel, recent paintings are often large in scale, with compositions inspired by well known places. The landscapes have strong structural elements, often framed by trees, balanced by strong light and open space. My largest work to date is 240 x 180 cm (limited only by the size of my studio door!), inspired by my local woodland and the winter floods.
Paintings are usually inspired by a specific and often familiar view, and sketches worked up in the studio where more abstract elements evolve. Colours are inspired by the season and location, and heightened to enhance emotion and structure in the work. Central to my work are the balance of colour and form, and just as important are the mood of the landscape and the pure sensation of colour itself. I enjoy the effect of big blocks of colour, graded subtly by the use of large brushes. Increasingly, I employ pale open spaces within a composition, and water reduced down to the essential reflections. I am completely reliant on tree forms, and feel uncomfortably exposed in a treeless landscape, just as I do in a treeless painting.
In recent years I have returned to my childhood passion of wildlife art, creating vivid and lively compositions of birds alongside my landscape work. The backgrounds are as important as the subject – lush foliage and imagined landscapes – reflecting the joy that I feel when bird watching and seeking out new species. Occasionally a fox or badger appears amongst the trees, hopefully allowing the viewer to understand my own feelings for the landscape.