I was advised to look at the ‘Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’, as some felt that my work somewhat resembled it. Her first book was released in 1906 and her second in 1977 after her death and both were hugely successful. People were entranced by her beautiful, delicate painting style, an elegant and gentle take on the nature around her. She opened up an opportunity for others to observe the beauty of nature through her work. If others are able to feel transported by my paintings in some way, to an outside space or feel closer to nature, I am flatted.
I particually like how most of the pages in her books contain descriptions, making the images more personal. I will be sure to include this in my degree show pieces as it was something people liked in my gap crit. I also feel that these paintings are very reminiscent of the Victorian botanical paintings, which have heavily influenced me.