Claire Cansick

Claire Cansick
clairecansick@gmail.com
www.clairecansick.com


I paint the woodland around me with a view to explore the nature, character and life story of each tree, as if painting portrait sitters. This is something I have done for several years and I began by recording the trees around the lanes where I live in Norfolk. It was as if my eyes were opened to the stature and majesty of the trees and their silent, still history marking their place through time.  I started to paint them with great enthusiasm, relishing the challenges and wrestling with colour; I like to dissect the colours of the landscape; colours lie within colours and I represent this by layering them over and over in glazes of oil. My initial drawings remain incredibly important throughout the painting process and they are the beginning of the abstraction of colour, shape and of compositional development. The results are that the colours are heightened and the images are stylised as my attention is drawn to the linear content and the skeletal silhouette on the canvas. The works have developed into painterly images of the woods around the county and individual trees within open landscapes. My skills in oil painting has been largely self taught through my own practice and experimentation with the medium.

Claire Cansick
Holkham, oil on wood panel, 2017

Claire Cansick
Towards Burnham, oil on wood panel, 2017

Claire Cansick
Barton Pond, oil on wood panel, 2017