I was brought up wandering the woods and holidaying in the English countryside. My strong sense of nature and place has developed further as I travel the world designing big change projects that address social and environmental issues. My art draws on my scientific background and interest in patterns of change.
I combine painting and print making - using oil, acrylic,intaglio and etching to depict the connections and contradictions between the wildness of landscapes and the formality and function of the maps we use to represent them. Together they provide the foundations, energy, disruption and pattern to drive us forward. My prints explore the areas that I paint. The paintings that follow look at a wild place as landscape, map, aerial view and discover new perspectives in the detail. The palette connects the paintings and brings out my emotional response to a place.
I am currently fascinated with the way big global concerns manifest in specific places. River Piracy, for example, is impacting the water courses of the Yukon. As a glacier shrinks it can change the way rivers flow which starves a landscape of vital water sources, impacting the communities that draw on them.
My examination of these places through my art deepens my understanding and I hope brings insight and beauty to social change.
I’d love to hear what you think, so do get in touch via Instagram: stephaniedraperartist or leave your comments or contact here.