I am mainly a landscape painter, and this is because the ever changing movement of the sky, water and the way the light falls on the land gives me a sense of the ephemeral and impermanent nature of the world. One could paint the same scene many times and it would always be different; each moment unique in itself. Whilst the “starting point” might be the sea or a river, the activity of painting comes from the artist’s mind but I like to feel ready to follow where the painting takes me. I am often surprised at the final result.
I choose subjects that are near at hand or have a particular attraction for me, so the river Mersey at Didsbury is a favourite, as is the vast expanse of Morecombe Bay where the sky and clouds dominate the land.
Janet Higgins August 2015