A new exhibition by Essex artist Barbara Peirson shows the true beauty of the coastline
Barbara Peirson has lived and worked in North Essex for many years. This new exhibition at Hayletts Gallery is a collection of glorious seasonal paintings, which illustrate the joy of our coastline. From crashing waves to families enjoying the beach, to dog walkers out in all weathers to the natural patterns of the coast. One aspect about Barbara’s work we know for certain, is that her colour palette will be full of soft magnificent colours, inviting compositions and a strong affinity with our local surroundings.
Painting mostly in acrylics, Barbara enjoys the textures of paint. Physically wiping off, scraping and playing with the surface is all part of her creative process. Each artwork feels personal, considered and authentic. She is interested in seascapes & landscapes, glimpses of fleeting moments with the occasional figure emerging and disappearing from view. Every picture has a gentle narrative, leading one’s imagination further into the painting.
Most mornings Barbara wakes early and goes out along the estuary near Colchester, capturing the dawn light mirrored in the water and wet mud, sketching marshland birds and small fishing vessels. Other times she takes herself off to our glorious coastline in the region, knowing she will be inspired by the subtle changes of colour, atmosphere and weather.
Barbara was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, but has long been based in the Colchester area, at home not far from the North Sea. Surprisingly, Barbara’s background is in the theatre. She trained as an actor, and has spent many years touring with theatre companies, featuring in films and on television.
As a member of the esteemed Contemporary British Painting group Barbara participates regularly in solo and group shows in the region. She has artworks in private and public collections both in the UK and internationally.