Marea Goodman Ross
My childhood was spent in Broadstairs, on the Kent coast. Fishing in rock pools, searching for fossils and messing about in small boats gave me a lifelong love of the outdoors. Later, at the University of Stirling, access to Scotland’s vast, wild scenery prompted my first attempts at landscape painting.
Over the next few years, I travelled widely until, back in London, I accepted a place at art college – Goldsmiths’ and then Camberwell. Then in the nineties I married, and moved to Keswick. Every day was a source of new inspiration. Working entirely en plein air, I was gradually developing a more naturalistic style.
We moved to America and settled in Colorado. Where the clear strong light called for a different approach, and I switched to oils and acrylics. When painting outside, there is more information than you want to use; the question is, how exactly to use a few brushstrokes of yellow paint to make the viewer think they see amber waves of grain.
Now back under Cumbrian skies, I spend more time in the studio, but my approach hasn’t changed. Love of the mountains is at the heart of my work. I hope that people find in my paintings a reminder of their own days among the lakes and hills, and a promise that these magical places are there waiting for us to visit them again.