Based in Whitby, Zoe is a contemporary seascape artist, inspired by the connection between the sea and the sky. The drama and the subtlety of nature fascinate her and are what she largely focuses on when out sketching and painting on the beach.
Zoe does not aspire to paint in a hyper-realistic manner, rather aiming to portray the soul of the sea. She is fascinated with the constantly changing moods of the sea, through influences of light and cloud, and seasons. Central to her practice is the desire to paint the experience of being on location – responding to not only the view but the sound of the waves and the birds, the feel of the wind and the movement of the sand.
Zoe’s practice varies seasonally as she paints almost solely on the North Yorkshire Coast beaches.
On the balmy summer days Zoe is often to be found with vast canvases, painting frantically as the sun rises and sets. On occasion she collaborates with the sea and submerges the canvases in the sea, allowing the waves to manipulate the paint: creating seascapes painted by the sea and herself.
When the wild winter winds blow and the rain falls, Zoe can still be found on the beach, albeit wrapped in many layers. During the cooler months, her paintings tend to be smaller and paper based, primarily using pastel as it requires no drying time and can be quickly stored away safely.
In 2021, Zoe was invited to exhibit at ‘The Other Art Fair’ presented by Saatchi Art in London.