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I have been working on this collection of paintings in response to my ongoing recovery from Long Covid. It is inspired by the simple word “Breathe”, and what  that has meant to me during the course of the Covid pandemic. During my initial Covid infection, which happened right at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, I found it very difficult to breathe. During my recovery from Long Covid, it has been important for me to relearn how to breathe correctly. At the same time, I’ve been using mindfulness and breath as a way to calm body and mind, which has helped my recovery.  

The abstract acrylic landscape paintings that form this collection are based upon  photographs that I have taken during walks in Gloucestershire and Derbyshire. Incorporated in each one of these paintings is an element that represents the Morse code for the word “breathe”. In some of the works, this takes the form of a series of painted dots and dashes, while in others, there is a long horizontal line across the painting, across which are groups of long and short vertical lines, where the short  lines represent dots and the  long  lines  represent dashes.  The  line  of  Morse  code  also works as  a  line of reflection within these paintings where the image is reflected either above or below that line.  This line of reflection  alludes  to  the  idea of looking at the world around us from a different point of view, to try out new  perspectives. Lockdown brought with it a real appreciation of the benefit of  spending time in green space.

 

Getting out into nature provides me with a real boost to my  mental  health.  "Breathe" is not just a prompt to spend time breathing in fresh air, but also to stop  and appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world.

Breathe - Hemp Agrimony

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Acrylic on stretched canvas

30cm x 24cm

£75

Breathe – Hemp Agrimony is a small landscape-orientation abstract acrylic painting of a wildflower meadow.

Breathe - Blue Sky

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Acrylic on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

£200

Breathe – Blue Sky shows an abstract sky with banks of fine clouds moving across it.

Breathe - Sunset

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Mixed media – acrylic and texture paste on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

£200

Breathe – Sunset is an abstract sunset, The texture conveys the movement of the changing light at sunset as well as clouds drifting across the sky.

Breathe - Twilight

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Mixed media – acrylic and texture paste on stretched canvas

50cm x 40cm

£200

Breathe – Twilight shows an abstract sky at twilight, The lines of texture convey the movement of clouds drifting across the sky.

Breathe - Summer Meadow

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Acrylic on stretched canvas

80cm x 60cm

£300

Breathe – Summer Meadow shows an abstract wildflower meadow.

Inhale / Exhale

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Mixed media – acrylic, sand gel and texture paste – on stretched canvas

80cm x 60cm

£300

Inhale / Exhale is an abstract painting of a beach, sea, and wooden breakwaters. Within the painting, the textured wooden breakwaters have long and short vertical lines coming from them, which spell out “inhale” and “exhale” in Morse code.