Janet Twinn’s recent work has been about landscape, the details that make up the landscape, the changing seasons and the passage of time. It is a personal landscape grounded in the observed.
She begins by making simple line drawings which layer by layer become more complex and intricate. Trees in Winter have fascinated her for as long as she can remember in particular their linear skeletal structures, the way the branches divide expanding into the sky. The spaces between the branches make interesting shapes that can be interpreted, energised and filled with colour. In starting a new work colour is the first element that Janet thinks about. She is intrigued by its nuances, subtleties and contrasts.
The colour which she uses can be associated with elements of the landscape: browns and greys of wood and stone, the rusty corrugated iron of disintegrating field shelters and decaying bracken, the gold of lichen, the acid lemon of oil seed rape. There are also the earth pigments: yellow and red ochre, burnt umber, raw sienna and then the splashes of pure colour found in flowers, colours so vivid they are almost unreal. Above all it is the regenerative power of nature which nurtures and informs her practice.