Judith Alsop Miles

Artist and Urban Sketcher

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Sunday15 September 2019

About the Artist

 As a child I was always drawing and did well in art at school. At 18, faced with the dilemma of whether to apply for art college or university to study languages, I chose the more academic route, which led to a career in translation.

Happily, I never stopped drawing and seized every opportunity to develop my artistic skills. A few years ago, while living in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, I started drawing and painting in sketchbooks, capturing scenes from everyday life in the towns, villages and countryside of the Languedoc.

Working in line-and-wash or pure watercolour, inspired by the light and colours of southern Europe, I developed a distinctive style: illustrative without being photographic, it conveys a strong sense of place and mood.

After a decade in France, I returned to my native northwest England where I now draw inspiration from the rugged moorland landscapes, old woollen mills and weaver’s cottages of Saddleworth, as well as the contrasting urban environment and industrial architecture of Greater Manchester.

Three elements underpin my artwork: strong lines, a harmonious palette and a sense of depth and atmosphere conveyed through the way I capture the light. Subjects range from rural landscapes, houses, gardens and village scenes to city streets and industrial buildings.

I have a particular fondness for long, late-afternoon shadows cast across a sunlit road, or the intricate tracery of bare trees silhouetted against a winter sky.