Margaret Uttley’s paintings and drawings offer a range of expressive marks with natural fluidity. A telling history of marks grow together, creating a seductive tonal range and textured surface. Their physical execution generates gesture, atmosphere and drama, drawn not only from a familiar, observed and visually sensual experience to a particular landscape, but also affected by her own emotive state. Time spent walking in the landscape feeds both her work and mind.
As well as works inspired by the surroundings of Winskill Farm, Margaret has been continuing to focus on the body of work from Blea Moor, just below Whernside. This collection of paintings and drawings, have largely been influenced by a Ted Hughes poem ‘Grouse-Butts’ from ‘The Remains of Elmet’.
Margaret aims to express the evocative relationship between the poem and the imagery, whilst drawing attention to the ecological importance for the conservation and stable welfare of our British Moorlands.
Working in mixed media enables her to further explore and broaden the mark making process. She goes life drawing most weeks, using differing media each time.