The common hogweed down the lane is not only food for many pollinators but also a nesting site for tiny solitary bees, who lay their eggs in the cavities of the stems. This painting is based on photos I took earlier this summer, in delight at the glowing lacy light of the hogweed in flower and just going to seed. It is made without brushes, by scraping and ‘printing’ acrylic paint with thin card on watercolour paper.
Andrea has always worked professionally in visual art, as a practising artist and educator. She trained in Edinburgh and Cardiff and has lived and worked in Dorset for 30 years. Versatile in style and medium, Andrea works with ideas from observation and imagination. She is constantly experimenting with approaches to painting, printmaking and drawing, to create images often inspired by the natural environment close to home, where she walks her dog every day. Idea and process are interdependent in each series of work and lead to its style, which can range from realism to abstract.
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