Kim de Vries

The challenge of translating the panoramic skies of the Somerset Levels through the medium of oil painting is  formidable. Breathing life into these scenes requires breaking them down into their component parts, sky, terrain, trees and water, all of which relate to and have an effect on each other.  The light given by an evening sky is constantly changing, having a dramatic effect on each element in terms of shadow and colour.

It is difficult to work outside on this scale with this medium, so I tend to immerse myself in the sense of the light I am trying to capture by taking hundreds of photographs and plastering the walls of my studio with them. I believe in thinking ‘abstractly’ while painting ‘descriptively’.  If the painting does not adequately describe the sense of the time and place I will move trees and change scale to achieve a certain form which is more evocative. So these paintings, though all depicting scenes within walking distance of my home in Godney, are not truly realistic but an attempt to get deeper into the sense of this beautiful and very particular landscape.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on (0)7974 255 016  to find out if other works are currently available

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