Our artist muse ~ Sue Fenlon
As the seasons come and go, nature takes a path of its own. Magical arrays of colour fill the petals of surrounding flora, the bees sing to the sound of whistling winds, the leaves begin to crisp like crimson as the cooler months settle in. A natural transformation that inspires us all - through mind, body and spirit.
Here at Oak Meadow, we are continually inspired by the way nature’s palette can bloom in enchanting ways. It is our passion to express the way this makes us feel, to reflect onto the clothing we design - the truest of beauty that surrounds our every day lives.
We spoke with Sue to hear more about her journey and process with seasonal art and how she was initially inspired to create the magic she does.
A. My biggest inspiration is from nature through the changing seasons. I live overlooking the estuary in a small coastal village in Northumberland, where I can walk from my house to a studio I have on the beach. All of my paintings come from the walks I take, reflecting the current season or weather at the time. Each day can be different and I love to see the wildflowers appearing in the meadows or hedgerows. As the year goes by, the colours of the wildflowers change, snow drops appearing after a cold winter and daisies later in the summer. I try to paint the colours and textures that each of these seasons bring.
Q. You capture emotion in your work, if so why? I am an emotional painter.
A.There is a point when I’m working with all the sketches, photographs and wildflowers, used for reference in painting, where I set them aside and the heart takes over. I think and hope the emotional side of a painting can touch someone and mean something - a happy one.
A. Hopefully I can portray my love of nature in its wildest form and how we as humans are a part of nature too. I paint in layers, as I see life in layers. Hedgerows are the little snapshots of the seasons. The landscape with its colours and textures. The wildflowers bring a sense of happiness. I always feel you have to fall in love with a painting for it to bring back memories.