Introducing Karen Picton

I make paintings inspired by the amazing diversity of landscape to be found across the UK. It is not so much what the landscape looks like that interests me but what the land is, the materials of it’s geology, it’s history and the marks left by human interaction from pre history to the present day. Most importantly, I paint the land to celebrate how I feel about it, a personal journey that takes me from the outside into a landscape of my mind.

I use various media to make my paintings from historical paints to contemporary materials but in recent time I use the earth itself to paint the land with the land. Chalk and clay from my home in Hertfordshire to orange sandstone and dark peat from further afield, these materials offer fascinating qualities of colour and texture that give a truth to each area of land. I am now on a truly exciting quest to explore every corner of the British Isles and to make paintings that will become a “mud map’ of the land but also to capture an atmosphere of place and a glimpse of who I am.

Artist website

Come along an see me and the other artists on our very first Open Studio Day as well as the fabulous Thornhill Jewellery.

A warm welcome awaits.


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