ABOUT CAROLINE CHAPPELL
This is Caroline's debut in Tetbury. As a Cotswold-based artist, she has built a formidable reputation for depicting the ancient landscape of our region, using broad brush strokes and expressive marks of many kinds to suggest the drama of rolling topography and the spectacular natural light changes of the skies above.
Her powerful landscapes, Looking Back and Blue Heaven, are one of three pairs of semi-abstract works produced for this exhibition. Each one draws in the viewer to a stunning summer vista, characterised by a blue and teal palette and full of dramatic light, space and colour.“Walking in the tracks of our Neolithic ancestors on paths that traverse the countryside, I capture a sense of place by drawing and making notes. This is the beginning of the creative process, where decisions about composition, size and medium begin.
Back in my studio, I develop these ideas. “My paintings express sensations, memories and responses to my world. Bridle paths and drovers’ roads, ancient burial sites, stone circles, tracks and holloways all whisper their story.”
Caroline works in layers of mixed media, especially acrylic paint, and uses found objects as well as more conventional palette knives and brushes to make an array of expressive marks and details.
She has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and won various prestigious awards in the region. Her works are in collections as far afield as Canada, the US and Europe.