Introducing the Shepherdess from ‘Shades of the Countryside’, a work which hints at both the multitudinous tones of the rural landscape and, more interestingly, at the traces of lives once lived in its nooks and corners.
Her cameo looms over chalk downland. The terrain provides flocks of sheep with good grazing, and a broad oak offers much needed shade. The shepherdess, a solitary figure, wears a large, conical hat and holds a beautiful crook, wrought by the village blacksmith. Her temporary abode, an iron-clad shepherds hut, is hinted at - a well-worn path leading to its door.
This cameo, drawn by Cameron Short and reproduced by master printers, floats within a simple wooden box frame, stained grey. The print’s graphite tones have a hint of mauve; this is echoed in the pigment chosen for the frame’s interior. The print sits behind UV resistant, non-reflective glass. Its dimensions are - Width: 40.5cm Height: 41.5cm Depth: 3cm