Capturing the Mountain…

“I moved to Switzerland in 2007. Inspired by the landscapes of Ferdinand Hodler and the stories of Heinrich Harrer I began to explore the Alps in paint. I became obsessed by the way the mountains play with the light in different weather and how their forms adjust with the changing seasons. I am also particularly drawn to one mountain – The Eiger and its North Face.

I always start with outdoor sketches and photographs, then I return to the studio, producing perhaps four or five drawings to give me ideas for the larger canvas. Then, working fast, the painting starts to take shape as different base colours are added. At this stage, colours are added directly into the sky to give depth and atmosphere. I am apprehensive as the painting comes together, working in bursts of several hours at a time over several months. I then bring the painting out of the studio and into our home so I can live with the image and get a feel of its direction – what works and what needs to be reworked. The painting slowly becomes my representation of the mountain and the impact it has on me.

In 2016, I was completely overjoyed to be selected for the 2016 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition in London UK. A significant professional milestone for me.


About Joanne

Joanna is represented in Switzerland by Hausmatte.

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