For over a year now I have been working as a ‘visiting artist ‘ with Fern Verrow Biodynamic farm. The farm is beautifully situated in a deep valley on the English side of the Welsh border with the Black Mountain rising in the background.
I set out with the aim of tracking the seasons by painting their wonderful produce. Each month I would visit and Jane Scotter, the owner and farmer would take me out onto the farm where we would select something that best represented their produce at that time.
I would come home with a fabulous vegetable or fruit which I would then endeavour to keep alive for as long as I could, whilst I painted it in my studio. It has been a year of growth and discovery for me as I found a way of tackling sometimes very large subjects on a surface that I was not familiar with.
I opted at the beginning to use a handmade English paper from St Cuthbert’s Mill in Somerset with some idea that the paper almost shared ‘terroir’ with the vegetables I was painting. My painting style has changed over the year in response to the demands of the paper. I have painted some plants that I would never have ‘chosen’ to paint and struggled with them, but I have enjoyed the challenge of working quite quickly until each has ‘given up the ghost’ , in order to capture the character of Jane’s splendid produce.
The paintings will be exhibited later this year and limited edition prints will be available soon.