Vanessa Gardiner

Artist's Statement


'As a landscape painter I am captivated both by the beauty of the places on which my work is based and by the processes involved during the making of the pictures. In a sense, for me, they go hand-in-hand: the immediacy of drawing directly from the seemingly haphazard natural subject matter, with the careful selection and ordering of the compositions back in the studio.

Concentrating on the singular coastlines around Cornwall, Ireland and more recently Greece, I have become increasingly aware of the connecting elements found within these landscapes. A bursary awarded by the British School at Athens in 2009 to enhance my work from Greece has focused my interest in the geometry of architecture and its relationship with both the landscape and the visual language I use within my work.

The process of making the pictures is complex: I work on board which gives me the freedom to change the composition of a painting if necessary by cutting it down and not restricting the work to a prescribed format. Frequently I re-draw the image, scouring and sanding back the acrylic paint until the surface becomes abraded and enlivened, taking on a beautiful patina and revealing qualities of its own.'



Cliff Wall 10                                                              26 x 36 cms.


Quarry Edge 7                                                            14 x 48 cms.


Quarry Edge 1                                                           19 x 30 cms.


Sounion 4                                                                47 x 112 cms.