'Sunflowers' a work in mixed media on calico stretched over canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
Ffwrwm Gallery

After seeing the sculpture garden visit our gallery in The Snug.

We promote artists living and working in Wales as well as new artists...and we are proud to support community arts.

As we move into autumn Louise Horton brings us a beautiful free-form celebration of nature.

Louise Horton

Journey through the glasshouse

October - November

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The humidity hits your lungs as soon as you leave the Earth's biodome behind and enter the glasshouse. Excitement rises as you inhale the warm air, your ears tingle with new sounds and your eyes feast on the journey ahead. All of your senses are open and your very cells start to communicate with the lifeforms that have been nurtured within.

For you are all one; the differences are obvious and yet you are the same.

'Scorpius' acrylic painting on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Tree of life' a painting in acrylic on board by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Red wing' a painting acrylic on board by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts

For Louise Horton, this series of paintings began in West Wales when she was visiting her brother, his wife and children.

For the first time ever, I slept on my own in a tent. On this short trip I had time to play with paint, breathe the air, listen and observe nature and my place in it.

'Crested partridge' a painting in acrylic on wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Blue breeze' a painting in acrylic on wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'In paradise' a painting in acrylic on wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Clematis studies' acrylic painting on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'The Matrix' a painting in acrylic on board by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts

I contemplated my trips to the amazing Eden Project and the National Botanic Garden of Wales where I experienced the magnificent giant glasshouses.

I became super aware of flower, leaf and seed shapes, noticing them even more than usual; they crept into my psyche and were translated into these paintings.

'Buttercups' a painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Bird song' painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Getting closer No1' a painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Getting closer No2' a painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Clematis at last' acrylic painting on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Pink lillies' a painting in acrylic on wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Made in the glasshouse' a painting in acrylic on wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Trust the journey' painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts

There is something intimidating about the beginning of something and often there is fear of completion. Having gone through the process again and survived, I encourage others to be brave and go forwards always.

'Crane' painting in acrylic on canvas by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
'Heron' a painting in watercolour and acrylic on calico stretched over wood panel by Louise Horton at Ffwrwm Arts
Louise Horton the artist at work experimenting with buttercups and twig pencils!

Louise Horton graduated from St Martin's College of Art with a degree in Graphic Design and has worked in many different mediums since including paint, printing and textiles.

Most of Lou's work is available to buy as greeting cards from @Unit5 in Ffwrwm Shops...

 

...and you can see all of her works on her website