Making waves with exhibition

Hilary Mather's blue skies over Tynemouth.
Hilary Mather's blue skies over Tynemouth.

An artist is looking to make waves with her first solo exhibition.

Hilary Mather, who specialises in painting the sea and sky in Tynemouth, will be showcasing her work in Swissphysio at Tynemouth Station on Saturday and Sunday.

In a style known as ‘free painting’, Hilary works without preparatory sketches, applying oil or acrylic paint directly onto the canvas.

Hilary, who lives in Tynemouth, said: “The seas are in my blood.

“My family originated in the Orkneys and then lived in South Shields. Many of my ancestors were seafarers and I think that I must have inherited their passion, respect and fascination for the sea.”

The Mind and Body exhibition will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, and 11am to 3pm on Sunday. Entrance is free and the work will be available for sale. For more, contact Swissphysio on (0191) 296 0567 or visit www.HilMatherArt.co.uk

Angela Petrocchi, of Swissphysio, said: “Looking at a beautiful piece of art has long been said to have the power to calm mind and body, but new evidence also suggests it can also relieve physical pain too.

“When I was asked about holding the exhibition here, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to show how art can be integrated holistically in a clinical environment.”

On Saturday, in addition to being able to visit the Art Exhibition, Swissphysio are holding an open day “taster session” with a team of complementary therapists on hand for visitors to talk to.

Tynemouth Fine Art are supporting the exhibition and local art historian David Hirst will also be on hand to answer questions about north east artists.

He said: “There is a strong tradition of North East artists drawn to the area by our beautiful and rugged coastline.

“The famous American artist Winslow Homer even came to live in Cullercoats in the 1880s to paint the sea and the people of the coast.

“Hilary follows in the footsteps of the northern artists who painted from the heart and were not afraid to experiment with styles to create their work.

“Her paintings have already been given the approval of local fishermen who have commented on how her canvases capture the essence of the sea in all its many moods.”