"The Lie of the Land"


Colour and design have been the primary interests in my work for over 30 years. A lifetime of imagery, millions of brushstrokes, of decisions, and iterations are condensed and contained in a single painting.


A painting doesn’t reveal itself all at once (to the painter or the viewer) but reflects, bit by bit, unfolding recognition. The paint applied becomes a place, place becomes a thought, thought returns me to the place and back to the painting.


It is said that a painting is like a circus tent. In reality, it is only cloth stretched over a wooden frame. It appears substantial, everything looks familiar but not at the same time. Although I paint landscapes, I don’t want the viewer to look at the painting and imagine themselves in the landscape. I want them to look at the painting and experience the paint, and experience recognition. If I’ve done my job well, then that’s enough.


Eyes not told what to see more.


The greatest joy for me is to put paint on the canvas; that first initial brushstroke, full of excitement and optimism. My second greatest joy is have somebody look at the painting and say “I know that place, I recognise that feeling, I know where you were, in your heart when you painted this. I know where you were and what you were feeling right there, right then, and I like it.”

That’s the essence of painting for me; the communication between the viewer and the artist, and that’s a rare moment. And that is something to celebrate.


Each painting is made up of many successive, almost transparent, but highly pigmented layers of paint, with a final layer of thinly applied, almost dry opaque paint, which has the effect of partially revealing under-layers.


Signed and dated on the reverse.

Oil on canvas 70 x 40cm.

Framed size 72 x 42cm.


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The Lie of the Land

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    © Helen Elliott