MIRANDA CARTER lives and works on the edge of the Cotswolds. She draws inspiration for her paintings from the physical experience of nature and the elements. She explores the feeling of being ‘earthed’ and a connection to the landscape by immersing herself in the natural world in a very present way. She walks and swims in all weathers and is a passionate cold-water swimmer. The response of the mind and body to these feelings of exposure help to leave behind the chaos of a busy brain and rebalance the technical interactions of modern life with interactions that exist at a much deeper and more basic level.
I aim to recreate the feeling you experience when encountering something bigger than yourself.
The paintings themselves evolve through a combination of drawing and painting, mixing bold marks with fine lines. Exploring where and how a line or brushstroke starts and finishes and noting the way pressure, mood and medium effects them.
I paint and draw simultaneously, adding, concealing and revealing lines and gestures like a conversation. The marks speak to each other, leading the eye through the painting, inviting the viewer to participate in their own personal interpretation. Each painting has its own path and the end point is only clear when the balance of light, colour, and shape are in harmony.
Miranda has exhibited widely and is represented by galleries across the country. She has many collectors and is one of a handful of artists selected by the interiors company Neptune. Over 3000 prints of her paintings have been sold in their stores and online.
Spencer House Gallery www.spencerhousegallery.co.uk
34 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8AQ
Waterside Gallery watersidegallery.co.uk
21 Marine Parade, St Mawes, Truro TR2 5DW
It is one of the ecstasies of painting - this independence of the hand from the brain. Patrick Heron
A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is the experience. Mark Rothko