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Naomi Rae

Naomi Rae

Having grown up in an artistic family in the thriving art colony of St Ives, Cornwall, drawing and painting has always been a part of my life and a way of connecting with the surrounding landscape. Taught by my grandfather, father and uncle, my earliest memories involve a pad and paint. A move from the rugged beauty of the Cornish coast to the diverse landscape of New Zealand in my twenties, helped me focus my work and on my return to St Ives in 2001, I set up my studio and began painting full time.

Many years later, I am now living in another landscape with its own unique quality; the stunning South Downs and this move has marked a change in my work. In Cornwall my pieces were abstract in style and although based on studies of the landscape of the area, were predominantly painted in the studio, in impasto applied acrylic. Now, I mostly work 'plein air' using acrylic or Indian ink and my work is largely figurative. In my abstract work, I am drawn to the colour and texture of my subjects, rather than the form, whereas in my figurative painting, I strive to capture a sense of the atmosphere of a place; the play of light, the curve of a valley, the fluidity of the sky. I want the piece to draw the viewer in to the scene, as I was and feel they are linked to the landscape: connected not apart. As a medium, Indian ink is perfectly suited to such an aim, allowing a wonderful play of light and dark, movement and stillness with just the use of a broken stick and some water. Highly addictive.

I now divide my working year between two very different landscapes: the rolling South Downs and the dramatic glens and coastline of the Isle of Arran in Scotland. In Arran I spend the winter months based in a 350 year old croft in beautiful Glen Rosa, capturing the diverse scenery of this small island from Glen to coast. Here in Sussex, I track the seasons in my work inland from the Downs, out to the many estuaries that pepper the Sussex coastline.

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Clearing Skies, Whiting Bay

Clearing Skies, Whiting Bay

Original : Ink

Painting

£475

Dusk Snowfall, Glenrosa

Dusk Snowfall, Glenrosa

Original : Ink

Painting

£440

Early Morning, Kildonan

Early Morning, Kildonan

Original : Ink

Painting

£185

Gales, Imachar

Gales, Imachar

Original: Acrylic

Painting

£180

Glen Rosa Moon

Glen Rosa Moon

Original : Ink

Painting

£185

Into Kildonan

Into Kildonan

Original : Ink

Painting

£170

Last of the Light, Lochranza

Last of the Light, Lochranza

Original : Ink

Original

£185

Late Summer, Giants Graves

Late Summer, Giants Graves

Original : Ink

Painting

£185

Low Tide, Eastern Shore

Low Tide, Eastern Shore

Original: Acrylic

Painting

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Mackerel Sky, Clauchlands Point

Mackerel Sky, Clauchlands Point

Original : Ink

Painting

£185

Morning Light, Holy Isle

Morning Light, Holy Isle

Original : Ink

Painting

£155

Nightfall, Glen Rosa

Nightfall, Glen Rosa

Original : Ink

Original

£185

Nightfall, Glen Sannox

Nightfall, Glen Sannox

Original : Ink

Painting

£440

Snow Showers Above Corriegills

Snow Showers Above Corriegills

Original : Ink

Painting

£195

Snow Showers, Sannox

Snow Showers, Sannox

Original : Ink

Original

£170

Windy Skies, Lochranza

Windy Skies, Lochranza

Original : Ink

Painting

£170

Winter Storm, Claughlands Point

Winter Storm, Claughlands Point

Original : Ink

Painting

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Winter, Fisherman's Walk

Winter, Fisherman's Walk

Original : Ink

Painting

£185

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