Nanette is a multi-cultural artist based in West Cumbria. She creates art in part to better understand her relationship with the natural world. As a former Climate Change scientist, used to working in isolated and pristine environments, figures in her work are often solitary to highlight how an individual’s connection and emotional response to nature matter.
The emotive visual language invoked by a figure immersed in a habitat and the habitual use of bright colours, together emphasise the beauty of nature and the positive influence it has on the human condition. The desire is to spur a feeling of wonder in the viewer, the intention being that if the world’s natural beauty is appreciated, the appetite to affect change on environmental issues is promoted. Nanette’s work focusses on the impact of the environment on the human response to it, in a bid to spark a conversation on changing attitudes to mitigate anthropogenic effects on the environment.
Lorna Graves, Sheila Fell and Percy Kelly were Cumbrian artists with deep connections to the local landscape and their work continues to be an inspiration to Nanette’s own artistic journey.