Land, Sea, Sky
An exhibition of contemporary landscapes and seascapes
Friday 2nd to Monday 26th June 2017
Call of the wild
Three artists with a mutual passion for the British countryside have joined forces to put on an exhibition of landscapes and seascapes at Salisbury’s Fisherton Mill. Sandra Hammer, Teresa Rogers and Virginia Whiting paint in very different styles, but all share a love of the wild and their subjects include remote rocky coastlines, stormy seas and moonlit forests.
Lighthouses are a favourite and Sandra Hammer recently spent time as Artist in Residence in at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse in Shetland. ‘It was very, very wild and the weather was very, very changeable’ she says. She is now exhibiting pictures inspired by the surging seas and vertiginous cliffs that edge the isolated Scottish headland. They include images of swirling squalls in which the sea and weather merge into one, birds’ eye views of rocks and turbulent seascapes. Teresa Rogers’ paintings are more gentle, but she is also attracted to out-of-the-way places and says, ‘I have a passion for castles and lighthouses as they are often in remote coastal locations and there is always a lovely light by the sea.’ She is also attracted to locations even further afield and a recent group of paintings inspired by the Hubble Telescope depict planets and nebula from outer space.
Virginia Whiting is similarly interested in the wild and remote and enjoys painting the heathlands near her Cranbourne Chase home as well as the North Cornish coast line with its rough seas and surf. Recently she has also started experimenting with in-depth studies of natural objects such as birch bark or rock formations, creating textured, semi-abstract images. The exhibition will include several examples of these alongside her landscapes.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm