Reclamation / by Emma Ashby

rec·la·ma·tion | \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən

‘Beauty Waiting’ 18x48” Encaustic and Clay

‘Beauty Waiting’ 18x48” Encaustic and Clay

I recently finished the last painting for my solo show at Nahcotta Gallery in August. When completing a series like this, 38 paintings in all, I feel depleted, like I’ve discharged myself, a part of me now in those paintings. It’s a hard feeling to describe, as I sit surrounded by all this art, the result of many months of painstaking work. I am left wondering if I have managed to portray the emotion that I felt when I was moved by these landscapes, the moment when I was struck by such beauty.

That was certainly my hope for this series, called ’Reclamation’. It was inspired by my coastal walks. I wanted to capture the beauty of those walks, with storms rolling in, or windy sunny days when the intense colors of wild flowers peep through the grasses on the sandy cliffs. It’s about capturing the beauty that is all around us, and comes from a passion to keep, protect and care for what we have been entrusted with, before we lose it.

‘Across the Way’ 18x48” Encaustic and Clay

‘Across the Way’ 18x48” Encaustic and Clay

Through these paintings I wanted to give nature a voice. Reclamation comes from the Latin word ‘reclamare’ - to cry out against. I feel like in many of my paintings the colors are crying out to be noticed, to make us stop and think, to take time to appreciate and safeguard what we have been given.

‘Distant Storm’ 24x24” Encaustic and Clay

‘Distant Storm’ 24x24” Encaustic and Clay

Opening on August 2nd, 2019 at Nahcotta Gallery, 110 Congress St, Portsmouth NH 03801. Nahcotta.com