Perhaps it is because of her roots in the theatre, a sense of implicit narrative pervades Barbara Peirson's works, even though this narrative is elusive. The landscapes and the figures that appear in them evoke something neither real nor imagined, more a world half-remembered.
Barbara lives in the coastal marshland of Essex, painting from her studio, a stone's throw from the river that washes in and out with the tide.
"Dawn is my favourite time of day, it's a quiet secret world. I go walking early in the morning with a sketch book and camera, I like to draw the cows or sea birds, half-hidden in the mists that rise from the estuary, or the reeds catching the first light. The marshes are endlessly mysterious with their back waters, tidal creeks and quick sands that secrete hidden worlds and the relics of lives lived long ago."
Though essentially a painter of landscapes, her paintings often draw upon half-remembered images perhaps from plays, imagined characters, moments caught in time and forgotten fragments of text, these are then fused with the environment that surrounds her - the mud flats, water meadows, big skies and sea.
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