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Paintings by 'Janet Murran'

Everything that I paint is in a direct response to my immediate environment, I use the rural landscape as a way in which to convey themes of memory, place, seasonal change, the natural cycle of life and the fragile yet powerful force that nature is. My work develops from sketchbook studies, photographic notes and most importantly revisiting a place over and over. In order to paint somewhere I need to know my subject inside out, I have to visit that place in all weathers, at different times of the day and during the changing seasons, this informs the work in two ways, firstly it fosters an affection for the place, the more I look the more I see, often it’s the everyday, overlooked beauty that I am trying to capture, the resilience of nature and it’s ability to be so delicate and yet incredibly tough. The second element that I’m trying to capture is my unique perspective of time in my work, mixing reality with memory.  Along with sketches and photographs, I also write lists of key words that I compile while in the landscape, on returning to my studio these lists bring me right back to a time and place, where sounds, colour, smells, textures, weather conditions, encounters with wildlife, my feelings at the time, etc. are recorded, creating a store of memories and written reflections. Working on wood panels in various sizes from small to large, painting predominantly with acrylic and charcoal, I build up tone and texture, then deconstructing by scratching or sanding, reworking the surface until that something magic happens in the relationship of artist, subject matter and medium.

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