“I am interested in capturing the beauty, or essence, of a landscape or moment. Often my paintings are, in an increasingly digitised world, an invitation to pause and reflect. Nature has transformative power, and reconnection with it evokes a sense of wonder and gratitude, and provides deep solace. I seek to explore both the savage (moody skies, elemental forces) and the transcendental in nature. All my work is underpinned by a strong drawing practice. My paintings are a culmination of experience, made back in the studio. I make art intuitively: my work ‘is’ rather than is ‘of’, being an emotional response to how I feel about a place rather than a replication. Abstracting the landscape, a partial veiling of things, conveyance of mood, and expressive mark-making are all important to me. Each piece emerges from an energetic drawing of darker tones. As the composition appears, I create layers of texture and then glazes of colour until the painting becomes, for me, a puzzle resolved.”
Lotte Oldfield is a contemporary artist whose work continually focuses on where sky, sea and land meet and explores ideas of the sublime. Her atmospheric paintings are semi abstract but are closely linked to observation of the landscape. She thrives in the remoteness and solitude of living and working in rural communities and is lucky enough to have lived by the coast in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall and now resides next to the mountains on the Welsh borders, UK. She studied at Nottingham Trent University and Falmouth College of Arts where she obtained a BA (hons) and an MA respectively. After a career in graphic design and illustration she has now turned to painting full time.