Josie Gould

I am interested in the ever changing experience of being in nature.

My particular love is painting en plein air on Dartmoor, the local

coast, rivers and estuaries that I have known since childhood.

Returning home after a career as a professional sailor, I find that

immersing myself in the wild places of Devon enables me to notice the fleeting,

Sensory qualities of light and colour, the moments which most affect and move me. When I become aware of the pulse of the land in this way I once again reconnect

with the mystical experiences and exuberance of vitality that are abundant on the

land and sea and in my memories. I aim to interweave these subtle and powerful qualities, the zest of life, in my paintings.

Using mixed media with oils and whatever is at hand frees me up to spontaneously

evoke these joyful, poetic moments in the landscape.



It doesn't have to be the blue iris,

it could be weeds in a vacant lot,

or a few small stones; just pay attention,

then patch a few words together and don't

try to make them elaborate,

this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks,

and a silence in which another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver.

Josie Gould:

BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Fine Art PG

Dip: Documentary Photography

Finalist in Devon Life Landscape Artist of the year

2018 competition in collaboration with artist Jane Ellis.

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Blustery Day
Flying Downwind
On the Crest of a Wave
Towards Haytor From Teign Estuary
Where Seals Play