Lindsey Hambleton b. 1978

Lindseybegan a professional career in painting after studying art, and also environmental science at universities in Manchester.  It was during her degree that she realised the need to be creative full time, although the love of the environment and the scientific detail of zoology and ecology remain, and constantly inform her work.

 

Working mainly on wood panel, recent paintings are often large in scale, with compositions inspired by well known places.  The landscapes have strong structural elements, often framed by trees, balanced by strong light and open space.  Lindsays’ largest work to date is 240 x 180 cm (limited only by the size of her studio door!), inspired by the local woodland and the winter floods.

 

Her paintings are usually inspired by a specific and often familiar view, she then sketches these views up in the studio where more abstract elements evolve. The colours are inspired by the season and location, and heightened to enhance emotion and structure in the work. Central to her work is the balance of colour and form, and just as important are the moods of the landscape and the pure sensation of colour itself. Lindsey says, ‘I enjoy the effect of big blocks of colour, graded subtly by the use of large brushes’. Increasingly, ‘I employ pale open spaces within a composition, and water reduced down to the essential reflections. I am completely reliant on tree forms, and feel uncomfortably exposed in a treeless landscape, just as I do in a treeless painting’.