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Zennor Calling (III) By Mary Scott


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Zennor Calling (III) By Mary Scott [2022]


Acrylic and pencil on cradled panel

Image size: H:51 cm x W:61 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:51 cm x W:61 cm x D:2cm

Frame Size: H:58 cm x W:68 cm x D:3cm

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Zennor Calling (III) is an original work by Mary Scott. This is the third in a series of four abstract landscapes inspired by the cliff path between the busy harbour town of St Ives and the remote village of Zennor, some six miles to the south west. One of the first walks I did when I first started spending time in the St Ives area, some years ago, it quickly became one of my favourites. On a ‘blue sky and turquoise sea kind of day’, every twist and turn, every up and down along the rugged path rewards with achingly beautiful views. The path quickly takes the walker away from the bustle of St Ives towards remote Zennor and the wild Penwith coastline beyond. The painting is a deliberately ambiguous interpretation of the tumbling patchwork of colours of land, sea and sky. The work will be framed in a dark grey blue wood tray frame.

Mary Scott artist and painter with Wychwood Art. Mary Scott paints abstract landscapes to make sense of her emotional response to, and memories of, wild places. Mary is influenced by her early career as a geologist, and in a busy world, she invites the viewer to slow down, and immerse themselves in space and time. Mary Scott's adopted home, Cornwall, and her journeys further afield, provide wonderful natural environments in which to walk, and to absorb and reflect on the landscape. Mary Scott uses a range of materials including acrylics, oils, cold wax, rock powders and natural pigments, to make responses which are fast and slow, bold and subtle, exuberant and quiet, capturing her feelings and memories over many layers. Mary’s approach is intuitively liberating, using both colour (or its absence) and texture freely and responsively. Mary is very conscious of our human smallness in space and time. In a fast-paced world, she finds herself reflecting on the enormity of geological time, slowing down my process to create a glimpse through windows into the past of these ancient landscapes which require nothing from us but stillness. Instead, we humans have imposed our will and errors of judgement, and she is disturbed by environmental degradation heaped on our planet. Mary borrows from the geological world to express this, for example, making marks to represent fractures, fissures and fault lines. In contrast, she uses loose shapes and embracing curves as metaphors for how the Earth has held and sustained life through time. Having recently undertaken a year-long progamme at St Ives School of Painting, she is currently developing her practice through participating in Newlyn School of Art’s ‘Professional Landscape’ mentoring programme. Mary Scott artist is shown in Wychwood Art gallery and online . Please call 07799 535 765 or email .

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