Dorset artist Sasha Harding: Visual journey along the South West Coast Path
PUBLISHED: 14:41 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 07 March 2016
Dorset-born artist Sasha Harding walked the South West Coast Path, paintbrush in hand. Her resulting book is a stunning visual journey along our glorious coastline
Sasha Harding’s work is instantly recognisable, in part due to her style which aims to distil a landscape into its core elements, but also because of her limited use of colour which seems to emphasis tone.
In 2012, Sasha spent seven weeks walking the South West Coast Path with her dog Jess – and the resulting work formed the basis for her book A Brush with the Coast which captures elements of the Coast Path – from its stunning vistas to the changing light and weather – and the many people she met. Perhaps unusually for a painter, she says she follows an initial spark of an idea by writing down words and will come up with a title before beginning work on the visual elements of the work. “Then I’ll turn to my sketchbook and very carefully plan the layout and conjure up the characters, meaning that when the time comes to put paint to canvas the picture is already fully-fledged,” Sasha explains.
“The actual painting is the very final stage of the process: the fun part. I only ever use three specific paint colours (and white); a limited palette allows me to concentrate on content and form rather than colour.”
Born in Dorset in 1973, Sasha moved to Cornwall more than 15 years ago to study fine art at Falmouth College. She now lives on the outskirts of Penryn with a man, her dog Jess, chickens and a studio in her garden from where she created many of the works in her new book. A Brush with the Coast - An Artists’s Search for Inspiration Along the South West Coast Path, priced at £30 is available from local bookshops and via Sasha’s website.
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