Evelyn Bartlett

 Landscapes with the ‘zing’ factor

I produce bold, bright landscapes and seascapes, with a graphic, poster-like influence.  Rivers and shorelines are very appealing, but I live a stone’s throw from the New Forest as well as the Hampshire coast, so I am increasingly drawn to forest and woodland sites.  I always try to find colour combinations that ‘zing’ when placed together!  Strong, simple, silhouette shapes fascinate me.  No doubt this has its roots in my background as a graphic designer and illustrator.

This method of painting comes very naturally to me; I relish the challenge in finding simple, graphic ways of conveying a landscape or seascape.  Having said that, it still takes a lot of self-discipline to resist adding too much detail!  It’s also a style which produces the bold colours I always strive for.

I occasionally have fun with watercolour, ink and pastel to shake up the brain cells – and to unashamedly check that I can still handle other mediums!  But the gouache style is ‘me’.

Illustrator turned painter

Devon was my home for years before moving to Hampshire.  I used to produce illustrations for books, brochures and adverts, but I love now painting the scenes that make me catch my breath.  My portfolio is a mix of scenes from both these counties, as well as Dorset and Wiltshire.  However, I have plans to tackle other subjects, such as nightscapes and portraits in this graphic style.  It is important to vary what I do and stay challenged.

Nowadays, I am experimenting with larger paintings on canvas – so watch this space!

Originals, limited-edition prints, open-edition prints and greeting cards are available.  I also work on commission; talking to people and discussing what they are seeking is an enjoyable part of my work.  My website will keep you up-to-date with my exhibitions.  Please email if you have any questions… look forward to hearing from you.