Jen Gash

My relationship with painting spans more than 30 years, from painting large scale oil paintings aged 15, through to winning Sky Landscape Artist of the Year in 2018. Like all relationships, painting for me started with a chance encounter, followed by falling deeply in love and with the following years being tumultuous! I have a love of paint and an underlying need to create and explore visually. Over the years I searched for congruence in my work which had previously evaded me, but in recent times I have allowed myself more space to embrace what emerges.  

The following themes and ideas fascinate me: how landscapes act as psychological territory; the fragility and oddities of human beings; humans beings as human doings; engagement and disengagement in activities; abandoned play and leisure environments. These themes seem to reflect my adjunct career in occupational therapy and coaching. I enjoy exploring and creating landscapes, based on real and imagined places. I love the way that paint behaves and can create new possibilities through its own properties. Recently I have enjoyed working back into old landscapes and paintings and seeing emerges through the destruction of the old image.