Harriet Peachey is a local artist currently documenting the coastline of Great Britain. We've been privileged to have her stunning work at Reste for the last 18 months and we are delighted to include her new work in our Coastal Currents exhibition.
Having studied Fine Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design, Harriet then went on to study photography in Brighton, and it was this very coastline where her love for the sea began. She would spend hours walking the beaches, photographing the vast seas and open skies, familiarising herself with the rugged and beautiful coastline of Great Britain.
She is currently focusing on the Kent coast in particular, where she now lives with her husband and two children. It is here she can be found, making drawings and taking photos prior to returning to her studio where she then creates her original art works. Harriet's knowledge is shown through her effective way of carefully selecting fragments, and combining photographs, maps and tide timetables. Maps are an integral part of her work, incorporating them within her paintings to get a further identification of the locations, and often using grid references within her collages. Then, by applying layers of brush strokes and fine drawing, the spirit of our varied coastline becomes familiar.
“Wintry seas are the best …silent marshes and mud flats ruled by tides, and the light falling on bitter seas’’
She adores walking the weather beaten shorelines, capturing the relationship of when the land meets the sea.
There has been great interest within Harriet's journey, so far she has had exhibitions in Margate, Whitstable, Deal, Hastings, Rye, and Yorkshire.