25 x 25 cm | 9 x 9 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"Continuing my exploration of water, I also wanted to acknowledge the powerful feeling of being around the Seals which come and have their pups here on the Pembrokeshire coast line. Every year they entrance me, and I find myself wanting to join them in the sea, and become part of the mythology and magic that surrounds them. There are many tales of the Selkies who take on human form on the full moon and dance on the shore, one of which is told in the story Seal Skin which is in the book 'Women who run with the Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes."
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Michaela Hollyfield creates ambiguous landscapes using an intuitive style. Dark, moon kissed colour emanates from the work. Rushing brush strokes wield themselves through the canvas and create organic shapes suggesting forests or a fox wreathed in a ravine of colour. Hollyfield paints atmospheric mountains, doused in quiet hues whilst another work portrays a forest as night befalls, trees stand stark against the electric blues of midnight. This journey through imagined landscapes lends the work an elusive quality, which remains captivating through the rich use of colour and the painterly attention to form.