Hailing originally from Northumberland, Liz Dickinson was drawn to Cornwall by the glorious light and the artists hub. She never intended to stay, but 25 years on the South West is now the place that she calls home, where she is an artist and creative educator. Liz was brought up in Northumberland; she believes that the exquisite drama of that landscape can only be equalled by the sheer beauty and contrast of Cornwall.
Liz claims that her work has always been very influenced by mid-20th century modernism, and in Cornwall there is a wealth of culture and resource to constantly feed her curiosity through the landscape, the sea and the interiors that build on that famous tradition.
“The work of Lanyon, Nicholson and Scott, among many others, constantly shouts out from each element of the environment, they encapsulate the essence of life her in the west of the county”, says Liz on where she draws her inspiration.
The feel and texture of paint is something Liz takes great pleasure in, alongside the colours that she is constantly met by; blues, greens and ochres which sum up the light of her surrounding landscapes. She says, “I am still so excited to see the image emerge, often far from the original idea, the layers and how each element talks and communicates with the other either harmoniously or at times with effective discord”.
Liz’s work can be highly figurative, and then delve deeply into the abstraction of the shape and form of her subjects. The textures that build through working and reworking help to establish the mood and nuances of the work, and the open dialogue which she creates between colour, image and inspiration is constantly open.