He’s Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow

TaraParkerWoolway-Hesharetoday

About the Hare

I hope through my work to increase people’s awareness of the beauty we could forsake for the sake of human development. The wallpaper series evolved from this idea – whilst on a trip to the Victoria and Albert museum in London with my A level students last year I became enraptured with the museums Baroque and antique wallpapers, the flocking and leather wall coverings that came to fashion in the 18th century. It struck me that where as furniture and ...
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I hope through my work to increase people’s awareness of the beauty we could forsake for the sake of human development. The wallpaper series evolved from this idea – whilst on a trip to the Victoria and Albert museum in London with my A level students last year I became enraptured with the museums Baroque and antique wallpapers, the flocking and leather wall coverings that came to fashion in the 18th century. It struck me that where as furniture and textiles often survive and pass from one generation to the next, wallpaper is frequently damaged, covered or removed altogether. This is I feel where we are with our wildlife – if we do not start taking better care of it, we will damage and irrevocably endanger what we take for granted. For this reason I started the Wallpaper series. My hare for the AONB Cotswold hare trail is a development from this idea. I have loved painting him and hope that he is enjoyed by many.

Artist

Tara Parker-Woolway

Artist Biography

Whilst always creative, I have only been painting in acrylic for the last 9 years. Before that I was a pastel artist specialising in landscapes but an arthritic style virus left me unable to ‘grind’ the chalk in the same way and so rather than give up I changed my ...
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Whilst always creative, I have only been painting in acrylic for the last 9 years. Before that I was a pastel artist specialising in landscapes but an arthritic style virus left me unable to ‘grind’ the chalk in the same way and so rather than give up I changed my media of choice.   As a secondary school teacher I am constantly asking students to push themselves and try new ideas – so that is what I try to do to myself. I change the scale and subject of my paintings often.

My work can be split into two main areas, landscapes and wildlife.

My wildlife work has evolved out of a love of painting birds and feathers. The colours and textures that can be found lends its self to almost abstract brush strokes and expressive mark making. I love representing the beautiful British wildlife that can be seen in the fields around my home. Increasing though I am becoming worried about the idea of endangered wildlife and birds.

The landscapes are all inspired by the area in which I live – primarily the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The shapes and colours that are found naturally in landscape fascinate and inspire me, along with the sense of history that can be found in these ancient areas. The idea that someone from another time has walked and lived in the same space excites me and I often try to immerse myself in the landscape to get a feel of past times. I find walking my dog helpful in this respect and can often be found walking with my camera along the ancient paths this area has.