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Dorothy Taylor

  • Painting,
  • Photography


'Changing Perspectives' -   new landscape paintings for 2017 inspired by my Welsh surroundings. I have focused upon the compositional interplay between land, sea and sky.

Directions to studio

From Mold take B5444,Wrexham Street, after 700m take fork right. Follow signs for Nercwys 1m. Turn right into Ffordd Y Pentre/ Village Road. Studio can be found 200m on right.

Studio information

Family friendly Yes Wheelchair friendly Yes Parking nearby Yes Toilet access Yes Welsh Speaker No Work for sale Yes Price range £60-£300 Commissions accepted Yes Studio open by appointment throughout the year Yes

Contact & address Details

Ffordd Y Pentre, November House, Nercwys, Mold, CH7 4EL

01352 751172

Studio Opening Times

September 2017 Times: 11-5pm
  • Friday 1st
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  • Sunday 3rd
  • Friday 8th
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  • Sunday 10th
  • Fri 15th
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  • Friday 22nd
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Late Friday Times: 6-9
  • Friday 1st
  • Friday 8th
  • Fri 15th
  • Fri 22nd

'Changing Perspectives' - New works for 2017

Walks and walking continue to inspire my paintings this year. Walking in all sorts of weather and recording what I encounter is what appeals to me.

I like to walk where many other feet have walked before me. The notion of the past generations of feet having walked the paths that I now walk is important to me. I like to feel the continuity of time around me.

My current series of NEW paintings fall into two stylistic yet compatible strands. My canvas paintings using oils have an abstract compositional emphasis that focuses on my preoccupation with the interplay of land, sea and sky. I have used a variety of perspectives that sometimes precludes the sky from my paintings and concentrates solely on the land or the relationship of cliff and rock formations to the sea. 

Some works verge upon the abstract and yet rely fully on the place where imagery was first observed. Using the immediacy of photography to capture my subjects, I then have a process of internalisation before a painting can begin. In parallel, some of my watercolour works on paper are informed by topographical locations in my immediate locale and are likely to be thoroughly recognisable. Yet whatever form my work takes, once begun another type of journey begins, one in which the painting and I need to hold hands to the journey's end.

Using 'Changing Perspectives' I have been able to lower or raise by gaze upon the landscape before me. Sometime lying flat on the ground amidst long grasses, in order to gain a worm's eye view of the world or conversely striding high along sea cliffs to gain the bird's eye view. Some works in my 'Down at My Feet' series look  precisely at what lies beneath my feet; the detritus of leaves, the formation of ice, the glistening effect of sunlight on water.   I find the action of walking and the notion of journeying inform my ideas about the contrasting interplay of season and scene and have become a constant inspiration to my work as it develops from year to year.

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