Louise O'Hara is a professional mixed media artist working from my studio based in a small village in the heart of Cheshire. Each piece is produced over several weeks as she often works on more than one piece at a time, working from memory, sketches and photographs. Louise's work explores the richness of light and the colour and the texture that is all around, often focusing on rugged northern landscapes with brooding skies and on lighter coastal scenes.
Louise's landscapes are full of rich layers incorporating elements of historical textiles, fabrics, buttons, paper and text giving a sense of human belonging and the passing of ages, encapsulating a quality of timelessness and celebrating the lives of those individuals now passed. Through her landscapes Louise aims to capture the weathered surface, so much a part of our landscape, crawling mists, angled rain, stiff westerly breezes and pale summer sunshine.
During her Masters Degree Louise stumbled across ‘Wabi Sabi’ and the ethos of ‘beauty in imperfection’. This captured her inspirations and the work which she produces; Louise is influenced by tactile aged surfaces like peeling paint on walls and fabrics which are threadbare but laden with memories and stories to tell. Louise photographs and records elements of trace, things that indicate a remnant or mark of something previous, these recordings come through in the tactile surfaces which she creates.