Arteles Creative Residency, Haukijärvi, Finland. February and March 2017.
Studies and sketches for a larger work in progress.
More to come...
During my time at Arteles I began the groundwork for a narrative painting project inspired by Finnish folk mythologies and the natural environment. Embracing the theme Silence Awareness Existence as a methodology I slowed my process considerably and reintroduced observational drawing into my practice. Inspired by the textures and colours of the Finnish forest, the skin of the birch trees and the predawn light, I made a series of detailed watercolour studies in an effort capture the specific experience of the local environment.