Louise O'Hara

I am a professional mixed media artist working from my studio based in a small village in the heart of Cheshire. The work I produce is developed over several weeks as I often work on more than one piece at a time, working from memory, sketches and photographs. I explore the richness of light and the colour and the texture that I see around me, often focusing on rugged northern landscapes with brooding skies and on lighter coastal scenes. My landscapes are full of rich layers incorporating elements of historical textiles, fabrics, buttons, paper and text giving a sense of human belonging and the passing of ages, encapsulating a quality of timelessness and celebrating the lives of those individuals now passed. Through my landscapes I aim to capture the weathered surface, so much a part of our landscape, crawling mists, angled rain, stiff westerly breezes and pale summer sunshine. During my Masters Degree I stumbled across ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. This really captures my inspirations and the work which I produce; I am influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell. I like to photograph and record elements of trace, things that indicate a remnant or mark of something previous, I feel that these recordings come through in the tactile surfaces which I create.

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