Exhibition title: ‘Following the stream”
Anne McLeod’s exceptional attachment to the landscapes she knows and loves provides the motivation and the themes for her rich, fresh watercolours. Visiting and revisiting places off the beaten track where she feels she belongs, she is familiar with their changing moods and seasons. For her, completing a painting is a way of consummating that sense of belonging, of giving due acknowledgement to her identification with the place.
A thoughtful painter, she relishes particularly the process of developing lively contrasts between light and dark, which, in watercolours, involves the judicious layering of washes and the production of lighter shapes negatively within the later, darker layers. The challenge is to paint enough, but not too much.
McLeod is a multiple award-winning member of the Irish Watercolour Society and has work in state and corporate collections. She teaches regular watercolour classes in Wexford and gives occasional workshops elsewhere.