Paintings
  • Quiet series
  • Calm series
  • Frost and fog II
  • Emerging III
  • Emerging II

Miriam Sheppard
I cannot remember a time when I wasn't interested in painting, and growing up in Somerset surrounded by its countryside, it seemed only natural to become a landscape painter.

I wish to capture the atmosphere of landscape and sky as I see and feel it. To me, this subject offers an endless source of inspiration. By removing any reference to humans or animals, my focus is on the land, the sky and the interaction between them. The transient nature of the sky and the effect it has on the land.

Of course, few landscapes are free of human influence - the fields are ploughed, planted, harvested and the hedges create artificial boundaries. However, skies continuously change; clouds form, disperse and reform, the light either direct or indirect moves on the land. The moments before a storm, a sunset or a foggy morning have very different atmospheres and it is this diversity that I find endlessly fascinating.

My paintings all start as simple sketches, from observation. I then develop them as colour sketches before starting on what I hope to be finished paintings. Working this way allows me to really explore a subject and if it really appeals I often work on more than one version. I paint in oils using thin layers of colour, allowing the painting to evolve rather than following a very tight scheme.

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