Jim Wright’s work is an emotional response to his experiences in the more remote areas of the moors, mountains and coastline of Northern Britain, feeling the powerful forces of nature is particularly exhilarating and important in his work.
The quality of the light is the distinctive element in his landscapes, his work predominantly focuses towards the light source, this catches the brilliance of the light reflected off the land, and the diffusion of light through the atmosphere, The softness of this light, set against the deep shadows of the land, (cast when the sun is at it’s lowest) is just one use of contrast, that gives his work its characteristic strength. He has established a reputation for landscapes of The North York Moors National Park, where he now lives, he also spends time in The Lake District and Scotland where the mountains and weather conditions combine to create breathtaking drama.
Jim's passion for the sea can be keenly felt in his series of semi abstract wave paintings, which portray the movement and explosive power of the water. He uses various media to bring contrast to his work; the oils, acrylics, and mixed media are often used in pieces, inspired by the raw energy of the sea and the moors, whereas the pastels, (often laid over thin layers of oils) are his preferred choice to capture a soft diffusing light, creating a more moody atmosphere.