Janine Pinion

My watercolour paintings involve building wet-in-wet layers to create deep tones and subtle blends.

Having always lived close to the sea, my work depicts the changing light and feelings evoked in the hills, mountains and coastal landscape near my studio, where I also run watercolour classes.

It’s usually the light, and the way light alters colour and sculpts the visual world, which makes me interested in making a picture. Since childhood I’ve looked to the sky and across open landscape with a feeling of wonder and vulnerability. I’m both intrigued and concerned about the mark we humans leave in the landscape, and this is reflected by the presence of field patterns and industry in recent work.

I work in series around a particular place or event, making studies and taking photographs, before the final works are developed from memory and previous sketches and experiments in the series. This process gives me enough information to distill the elements which feel most charged for me.

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