For Beverly, art is about looking deeper and discovering something of what may be revealed.
A significant part of Beverly’s practice involves walking in the woods, so woodland studies have become the centre of her studio work. Woodlands describe layers of time, both natural and man made, creating pattern and texture on the landscape. It is also a place to awaken the senses, not just sight, but of sound, smell and touch (And maybe something deeper).
Beverly’s starting point is to record her encounters with sketches, photographs and collected items. Working from these, Beverly makes pen and ink drawings back in the studio. These are overlaid with broad blocks of watercolour to show the vast solidity of the tree and the complex structures supporting it. She is interested in the textures, colours and patterns found in the woodlands, the play of one colour next to another, flashes of light through the trunks and branches. She uses watercolour, ink, acrylic, oil and printmaking, her choice being dependent on that which expresses the mood of the subject best.
I am especially drawn to roots and branches. At one level, they may be a visual chaos, but the longer you look lines and patterns emerge from both negative shapes and shafts of colour. I am also fascinated when catching glimpses of animals and how they seem to morph in and out of their surroundings, becoming part of the woodland patterns.
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