Megan Weston

In early art history landscape was considered lower in status than portraiture, which patrons would pay much more for. However, as artists experimented with rules of perspective, use of colour and effective compositions the painting of landscapes presented very real challenges and artist’s rose to the challenge making it an important genre in its own right.

In the present day landscape art has come to mean many things as artists have moved away from copying what they see to featuring more heavily on the plight of landscape in the face of industrialization and population growth. Since the Industrial Revolution in the early 1700s our earth has been assaulted by pollutants poured into its air, rivers, forests and seas the end products of manufacturers unaware of the damage they were causing both to the environment in which they lived and the animal life that often struggled to survive. Even today this continues while on a lesser scale it still creates a poisonous environment that affects the entire planet.

This view of our world has led many to become obsessed by this destruction and in so doing has lost sight of the beauty that this world still offers. I am a young mother. My view is one of positivity. I am not blind to the damage that has already been done but I also hold a firm belief in our present view that we must nurture and undo much that has been lost. In my art I attempt to take a more positive view, my landscapes reflect beauty in the present, light and hope for the future. I have been inspired by technology and the images presented by satellites as they beam down from thousands of kilometers above the earth, showing our fragile blue planet as a small dot in the vast solar system that it inhabits.

While my art presents our earth as fragile and damaged by our selfish behavior it also demonstrates that its beauty still survives.