Hannah Ivory Baker is a self-taught artist living in North London. Her landscapes are however largely based around Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, places she has visited frequently throughout her life.
There, she is often found sketching in a field or sitting on cliff tops with a brush, gathering material for studio work. Hannah works from sketches, photographs and note-taking, absorbing as much of the environment and surroundings as possible, her work being inspired by the natural world, from the rugged Cornish coastline, to the serenity of the Somerset levels.
Hannah works predominantly in oils, giving her the ability to create translucent washes or heavy texture. Working alla prima, wet on wet, Hannah paints the main features of the landscape, recording basic shapes, tone and light then develops the rest intuitively. Taking inspiration from the great English landscape artists of the past, she captures the light and reflection of the natural world.
The main area of focus in her work is on mark making and tone to create a sense of depth. Landscapes are full of shape, texture, energy and it is important that these elements are captured and conveyed in both her studio sketches and paintings. There is nothing uniform about the natural world; weather changes in an instant without warning, the sea moves from tranquil to turbulent, a blue sky suddenly fills with dense grey cloud and an earthy petrichor fills the air; the semi abstract nature of each piece is really a nod to the asymmetry and the unexpected.