Painters inspired by moors magic

Western Morning News - November 2003

Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor, in their different ways, have triggered a good deal of fine art – the tors, the timeless atmosphere and those wide skies all challenging the painter.

That fact is confirmed at the Camelford Gallery where Katia , who now lives in the town, and Katharine Lightfoot of Chagford combine to produce an exhibition full of colour and character.

Katie’s Hallowe’en Moon is a powerful oil, her Prussian blues, greys and golds giving this mountainscape in Southern Ireland a real supernatural quality.

There are evocative images too of Bodmin Moor: Storm Light over Louden Hill, Winter Light over Hawk’s Tor and Harvest Moon over Roughtor, her prices ranging from £75 to £1,300.

Katia says of her beloved moor: “It’s a spiritual home. You really feel alive out there. It’s relatively untouched, a living landscape.”

Katharine Lightfoot gains her motivation from the light, the shades and the moods of Dartmoor. Here her animal portraits all have strong appeal: sheep and hounds, cows and a terrier – her prices going from £90.

Katharine’s most expensive paintings are Shore Break, Crackington Haven and North Sands, Salcombe, Devon, both oils and both £1,900.

The Camelford Gallery is at 23 Market Place. Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-6pm. Sunday noon-4pm. The show runs until November 10.