Esther Tyson's work reflects her being as a product of England's Lake District, that romantic, pastoral interface of wood and water that inspired many of the greatest poets in the English language. She paints with a flourish, brushstrokes that race around like energized electrons. What she puts down in two dimensions, her friends say, translates into her own personality. Harriet Mead, new president of the Society of Wildlife Artists in the United Kingdom, has been an admirer of this young talent who has found her narrative voice.
In this installment of Five Questions/Five Art Works, Wildlife Art Journal's conversation about art that never ends, Mead asks Tyson about her motivation. Born in 1973, she was brought up in a small town at the edge of the Lake District, Cumbria. She currently lives and works in the South Peak District, Derbyshire.
Tyson studied at Carlisle College of Art and Design, Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art and then London's Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and her work has also earned acclaim in London where she was short listed for the Prestigious Hunting Art Prizes.
Tyson says that in her work she searches to find the origin of her inner connection to the natural world without resorting to sanguine sentimentality. The profusion of sentient stimuli are what fire her approach to painting from life. We thought it appropriate that Mead's interview with Tyson open with a passage from...
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Post Date:December 20th, 2010
'In this installment of Five Questions/Five Art Works, Harriet Mead interviews painter Esther Tyson. Follow the thread of an ongoing interview that started 18 months ago in northern California and, by going artist to artist, has crossed a continent and an ocean.