Lorna Holdcroft – Kirin
“Sussex based painter Lorna Holdcroft’s vast, epic landscapes celebrate the majesty of the British countryside. She paints the kinds of views that would stop one in one’s tracks, and describes them in such a way as to emphasise the colours of nature and the enormity of the bold, dramatic shapes of fields that dance over hills to the horizon.” Lisa Takahashi, Jacksons Art Supplies
Lorna Holdcroft, born in Surrey in 1967, trained at Wimbledon School of Art where she was awarded the prize for drawing and then went on to study for a BA Hons in Fine Art at North East Polytechnic (now University of East London) in the late 1980s. Based in the heart of the East End of London, she drew inspiration from disused dockland areas and industrial landscapes. Here she explored her love of colour and texture which has been a passion that has informed her painting ever since.
Lorna takes greatest inspiration from the very different landscape she now resides in, here in Sussex, as well as painting wildlife, flowers, trees and still life. “For me it is vital to paint a landscape that I have visited, but also to feel a strong connection to. I always strive to convey that moment when I see an amazing view for the first time and for that I have to have experienced it myself. I tend to work on the Sussex landscape because I have such a strong personal connection with the area; it’s my home and so I am very fortunate to be able to immerse myself in it every day. To be able to observe the subtle changes in nature, weather and light with each week and season, brings a real privilege. “
“Colour has always been central to my work and invariably is the initial inspiration for a new project. It is what really moves me. Whether it be the fantastic array of hues in tree bark, a thunderous Prussian blue sky or the sumptuous crimson of an amaryllis. I love playing with contrasts and like to push pigments to evoke a real sense of emotion and to make the subject resonate. The thrill of applying paint to a surface is just so exciting. With bold washes and thick textured brush marks I love to explore the possibilities that can be achieved with each media, evoking a real sense of immediacy and excitement.”
“I cover the surface with paint quickly to get a sense of colour and tone, and work the whole painting at once. I also use a lot of water, deliberately washing out areas of semi-dry watercolour or causing the break-up of pastel pigment. This gives often surprising and always intriguing results. I love the journey each painting takes me on – it’s definitely a two way process!“
Lorna has exhibited widely in London, Surrey and Sussex and has work in private collections all over the world.