19 May - 14 Aug
Artist Christine Dack spent her earliest years in the rural and rather flat part of the country (near Lowestoft) and so after relocating to the undulating landscapes of Devon she soon discovered a new-found passion for mountain and moorland walking. Whilst exploring her new south-west location, Dartmoor quickly became an important source of inspiration for Chris and she discovered a passion for painting outdoors, whatever the weather.
Just over ten years ago Chris moved to her home in Cam, from where the steep slopes of Stinchcome Hill are just moments away, leading to a limitless bounty of inspiration for her work from the dense, textural undergrowth of the woods to the expansive horizons available from the top of the hill. From her Gloucestershire base, Chris has become a prolific explorer, regularly dotting about the country to conquer hills and mountains, always drawing and painting and finding flashes of inspiration for her next painting. In recent years the Severn Valley and the woodlands of North Wales have brought about an impressive body of work; paintings in various scales and a family of sketchbooks in which the artist explores colour and texture.
Source material is never far away, with inspiration coming from the bare bones of trees in autumn and winter, bleached grasses on the riverbanks, twig and bracken, and the ever-changing skyscapes when looking towards the horizon.
Chris’ studio practice is ever evolving and her recent exploration is to develop a more enigmatic and abstract language within her work, giving a sense of movement through a changing vista to create a sense of mystery. Since retiring Chris paints for a few hours almost every day, in oil or acrylic, often experimenting and exploring media to find the way forward.
We’re delighted to show Christine’s work in our upstairs gallery throughout the summer. Her show with us will coincide with her regular commitment to taking part in the brilliant Severn Vale Art Trail (www.severnvalearttrail.org)