We are pleased to welcome Colin Cook to the gallery, a painter based in Yorkshire.

Colin is a landscape painter who captures the atmospheric beauty of the views we love so much here in Cumbria.

Artist’s statement

The subject matter for my paintings is taken from the north eastern coast and moors, the lake district and Scotland. The paintings are representational based on observation of the constantly changing light. Most of my paintings are about creating an atmosphere through the use of dramatic light and bold mark making.

Compositional tension is important and hopefully created by the careful arrangement of the different pictorial elements; colour, texture, light etc. The paintings are reliant on careful under-drawing to create the structure for the looser brush marks to sit upon. The strongest shapes are worked in with large brushes and the smaller areas of specific focus are developed later. Sometimes the paint is heavily impastoed and on other occasions it is built up in layers or glazes.