jonathan shearer | land of mountain and flood
For this exhibition, I focussed on repeat expeditions into the mountains of Lochaber and Torridon. The unique geology and variety of quality of light in these environments, alongside returning to the same locations at different times of the year, were the main motivations for and inspiration behind these paintings.
From Winter expeditions on the ridge of Beinn Eighe, to summit camps on Carn More Dearg, to experiencing and painting the summer sunrise and sunset on the incredible sculpted features of the north face of Ben Nevis, I have tried to express in paint the sheer awe, exhilaration and physicality of these landscapes, and the atmospheric conditions at the specific times of year.
Other works in this show are from coastal and woodland locations closer to home, which I return to time and time again at different times of year. Many of the paintings in this exhibition are painted en plein air or worked up from sketchbook work created in situ.