Georgina Shepherd

About

Born in Kent and living in Shropshire before moving to the Staffordshire border, Georgina achieved her MA in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton in 2015. She has exhibited widely and keeps a studio at her home where she paints mostly in oils producing canvases worked up from initial sketches of the landscape but also uses watercolour and mixed media. All of her paintings are depictions of real places.

Georgina’s paintings are a direct and spirited response to landscape.

The landscape, its topography, geology, flora and fauna illustrate the preciousness of the complex celestial body in which we live. The forces of nature and ceaseless toing and froing of changing light remind us that the environment is ours to take care of.

Capturing these shapes and horizons through painting is, for Georgina, an intimate means of sharing her expression of the landscape. She has a profound belief in initiating work through observational drawing which acts as the ‘trigger’ to capture the essence of the place, structure, view, mission or encounter. She regards her role as an observer of such fleeting moments.

Her inspiration stems from the notion that we remember certain things very vividly; we have recollections of journeys, conversations, scenic views, meetings, experiences, weather, sounds, atmosphere etc. However, only snatches of these moments are retained as one unconsciously selects these glimpses with recollections from what may have been a lengthy occasion.

Her finished paintings encompass a concoction of all of the images derived from quick watercolour sketches completed ‘on the hoof’ and incorporate her belief in her role as an observer of shared visual moments that transpose those fleeting moments onto canvas; drawing into painting .

Georgina’s personal interpretation of these moments describe the prism of such an experience with evidence of a time span through the act of recalling; attempting to make still what has been constantly changing.

Paintings are a memory map of the thoughts and pauses of a lived experience which illustrate her motivation to invite the viewer to contemplate, link and recall the ephemeral nature of the landscape through her interpretation of its presence. A sense of place prevails.

 

Watch Out
Place: Dimmingsdale, Churnet Valley. Remnants of an industrial past – copper works and iron smelting.
Oil on canvas
71x91cm
£1200

 

Spring Encounter
Place: Cotton Dell, Churnet Valley. Wooded valley with bogs, ponds and streams.
Oil on canvas
71x91cm
£1200

 

Bromlow Callow
Place: South Shropshire near Stiperstones. Dramatic skyline. Crown of trees. Thought to be a possible guide point for drovers.
Oil on canvas
30x35cm
£300

 

Bromlow Callow
Place: South Shropshire near Stiperstones. A presence in the landscape. Painted en plein-air.
Pen and watercolour
25×35
£300

Artist

Georgina Shepherd

Category
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