Richard Bavin - Artist in Residence

Richard Bavin is a contemporary artist exploring light, weather and mood in the landscapes of Herefordshire. His passion for trees and woodland is the focus for many of his drawings and paintings.

Richard in Lea & Paget's WoodThroughout 2016, Richard is resident artist in Lea & Paget's Wood an ancient broadleaved woodland in the Wye valley which is owned by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. He will be on site 2-3 days/month and developing these studies into a series of drawings and paintings in his studio.

Richard says about his work:
"Trees have always filled me with joy and wonder and I can be absorbed for hours in simply looking. Every tree, great or small, has its own character and presence, and walking in woodland is a deeply restorative pleasure in any weather.

Queenswood - Into The Light (copyright: Richard Bavin)

Most of my drawings and paintings depict specific trees and woodland in Herefordshire. My starting point is always to spend time walking or sitting quietly with sketchbook and camera amid the mud, wind, birds and midges. The act of drawing intensifies the experience and I feel fully alive! Patience and perseverance are rewarded by extraordinary moments when a scene is made astonishingly beautiful by some shift of light or weather. In the studio I distill these encounters and records into paintings, aiming to share what I have seen and felt as faithfully as possible with the viewer.

Night Tree IIIt breaks my heart to see how rapidly Britain’s trees and woodland are succumbing to development and the ravages of pollution and disease, and I am involved in campaigning locally and nationally. But in my practice as an artist I choose to go on making paintings which delight in the myriad ways in which trees enrich our world and ourselves. At the end of my life I hope that my work will not be a eulogy for what we have lost but a celebration."

Click here to visit Richard's website to find out more about him and to view his online gallery.

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