In February we introduced Andy Eccleshall’s latest group of work in a showed titled ‘Breathe’. We often ask our artists to talk about their inspiration and the back stories of paintings. I recently asked Andy Eccleshall to share his stories from his recent show ‘Breathe’, which we are sharing in a two part mini-series. If you haven’t had a chance to see this show, we hope you can come in to view it. Most of Andy’s paintings are quite large and make quite an impact when seen in person.
“Quiet Change” is closely based on an area south of Monroe Washington on Highway 202. This is the third or fourth time I have included this particular grouping of trees in a painting, I find them fascinating. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I like that area so much, there’s something mystical about it.
The title relates to the juxtaposition of the perfectly still and “silent” landscape with the brewing weather change in the background. The stationary elements slowly being eroded by the constantly changing environment. I’ve been visiting this area for years and while on first glance it never changes, I’m aware that in a quiet way it’s changing constantly, little by little dissolving back into the water and earth while all the time thriving and teaming with life.”
This title is both literal and metaphorical. The storm cloud passing to the left obviously shows that better days are indeed ahead but this painting is one in a series which refocus my artistic intent. After feeling somewhat lost for several months I began to rediscover my direction, a revisiting of the elements of landscape which excite me. “Better Days Ahead” is a celebration of that rediscovered pathway.
A moody late afternoon scene reminiscent of the Skagit Valley. The Skagit offers endless inspiration for sky paintings as the landscape is usually fairly minimal. This gives me the opportunity to squeeze the horizon line down to the bottom of the painting, making it all about the sky. In this case the horizon line runs through the middle of the painting which creates a pleasing balance between land and sky and a series of interesting pathways between the two.
One of favorite places to go as a family over the years has been the Washington Coast. From the mesmerizing beauty north coast of the peninsular, around to Kalaloch and down to the Long Beach Peninsular. This painting depicts a typical summer day around Grays Harbor County. The tide is in, filling the mud flats and leaving the golden grass exposed. The fog and low cloud on the coast is visible in the distance and hold the promise that, while it’s 75 and sunny here, it’s fleece weather on the beach!
Closely based on the landscape around my parents’ home in Stafford, England. It always feels to me that in the English Midlands the sky is closer to you. This painting tries to capture the sense of closeness. “Drifting” simply relates to constant movement of weather across the landscape, sun and showers and wind in the wheat. This flat and rolling landscape is what I grew up in and the main focus of this painting was to faithfully capture the light of a breezy, showery day in mid June.
You can view Andy’s collection of work here.