Mary Gillett

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My starting points are often found on Dartmoor and on the north Cornwall coastline. My images are contemplations on how our surroundings can reflect our histories, our moods and our thoughts. I specialise in etching which is a medium that has been developed by artists for its own intrinsic qualities and is now often used to produce single images as individual as paintings.

My etchings almost look as if they have been eroded by the elements themselves. The metal plates have been scored and furrowed, scraped, burnished, re-scored and re-furrowed until their history is symbolic of the very subject that confronts me. This tactile immediacy is of the essence and combines with the use of light and dark to create images of intense atmosphere. My oil paintings and pastels are informed by the etchings but are often lighter in feel.

Recently I have been applying some etching principles to the medium of collagraph so that I can work on a larger scale and more freely. This development reflects my love of painting which continues to influence everything I do.