My name is John D. Petty and I draw and paint the landscape of East Yorkshire—more particularly the landscape of Holderness. After living and working away for many years, I returned to my home town in the East Riding of Yorkshire and I found that my attachment to the area is much stronger than I had realised. Much of the drawing and painting on this site is the result of that ‘rediscovery’.
I work with the landscape as subject matter because I like to be outside and in the landscape. I do not try to produce an accurate representation of the landscape, rather my work is about being in the landscape. All of the drawings and paintings start with sketches made on location and made over many visits over periods of weeks or months at various times of the year.
The Holderness landscape on the north bank of the River Humber is a very flat, agricultural landscape. It was formed for the most part from marsh land reclaimed from the river and is intensively farmed. The wide, flat, expansive fields present a particular challenge, especially where the only vertical accent may be the telephone and electricity poles or the occasional copse of trees. The names of many of the farms and roads reflect the origins of the land; Marsh Lane, Thorn Marsh Farm and so on. In my drawings and paintings I attempt to convey something of the experience of being in that landscape; a landscape to which I have a very strong attachment.
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