Lowes Court Gallery gets new featured artist from Whitehaven

WHITEHAVEN artist Natalie Burns is the artist currently featured at Lowes Court Gallery.

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Natalie Burns at the exhibition opening. And, right, some of her work

She will be showing some of her acrylic canvases of West Cumbrian woods and mountains as well as some of her prints of well known local views drawn with Derwent pens.

She said: “I was born in Whitehaven to outdoor loving parents so had an active outdoor childhood. I spent many hours playing on local beaches, orienteering in forests and walking the mountains. It is this landscape that I am continually drawn to in my artwork.  Apart from four years in Durham training to be a Telowes1acher I have always lived in Cumbria.  I taught in Cockermouth, Frizington and Lamplugh and also worked as a Professional development officer for Cumbrian schools. Currently I work freelance, as a poet and artist, providing workshops for children and teachers and other community groups.”

Natalie has joined the Lowes Court Committee and is hoping to develop links between the Main Street, Egremont gallery and local schools.

She said: “I want to see children using the gallery and some of our artists getting into schools and sharing their skills in workshops.”

lowes3She explained how she loves to experiment with different materials. “Although much of my early work was in pastel I rarely use it now. I prefer acrylics which I apply with a sea sponge and a stick sponge. I layer dots upon dots of pure colour that build up a depth and texture on the canvas. This technique lends itself perfectly to depicting the wooded landscapes that I have run through. I also enjoy working with Derwent Graphik Line Painters. They are vibrant colours that can be used to draw solid lines but when still wet they can be used with a water brush to produce a watercolour effect.”

 

  • The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
  • The exhibition runs throughout April.lowes2