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In a walled garden


Marianne North (1830-1890) lived in Hastings and was a botanical painter. I had seen her works at the Marriane North Gallery in Kew Gardens as a child. The works 'in walled garden’ are inspired by her floral paintings. I explored drawing in one layer of oil paint working at speed in order to make bold bright expressive works celebrating flowers and organic structure producing compositions from a contemporary viewpoint I was fascinated that Marrianne North came from Hastings and went on to research her life and work as a female botanist. I carried out this project in order to re-appraise the Marianne North paintings to inform an ongoing concern with floral imagery, decorative structure, pattern, and ornament.

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