My Art Practice

Hi there, I’m Lorna Hazelwood and I am an artist and an educator.

My paintings are my love letters to the countryside around me. Everywhere I look, I notice the shapes, lines, colours and patterns that make up the natural world; seeing potential paintings everywhere.

The Yorkshire countryside never fails to inspire me; from the huge moorland landscapes on my doorstep to the tiny minutia of mosses and lichens found deep in the woods- it takes my breath away. Above all others, though, is my love of trees and this is a continuing theme throughout my work.

Working intuitively, I build up texture and depth through layers of paint and mark-making. I have a vocabulary of marks using pens, pencils, graphite, charcoal, soft pastel, oil pastel and sgraffito. Acrylic paint is applied with dynamic brushstrokes, rags and even hands, then rubbed away in places to reveal the layers underneath. Compositions are made of layers of colour, bold brushstrokes that hint at the forms that inspired them, delicate drips of translucent paint, wandering lines and an ever-evolving language of marks that emerge in the sketching process. All combine together to create work that is energetic, evocative and deeply rooted in nature.