Josie Gould MA and BA (Hons) Fine Art
I am interested in the elemental qualities and feelings experienced in nature. I immerse myself in the wild places of Devon and Cornwall, to paint en plein air, catching the fleeting, sensory, poetic qualities of light, colour and the raw feelings of wonder that the elements bring.
In author Byron Katie's book "A Thousand Names for Joy, How to live in Harmony with the way things are" she writes of going beyond thoughts to experience simply what is. As she explains "reality is simple... it's whatever's in front of you, whatever is happening. When you argue with it you lose. It hurts not to be a lover of what is".
Embracing this I explore the secluded places of Dartmoor, the rivers and coast. There I find freedom through reconnecting with the pulse of the land, the wonderfully spontaneous rhythms and tempos and the exuberant vitality of nature. This quality of presence, simply being with whatever is emerging, from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic, reveals that there are indeed a thousand names for joy.
Life is a Journey:
In the spirit of the mystery, the Mystery of Spirit,
to live is to live as variously as possible,
to groom one's curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred,
climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and,
despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours,
life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. But, what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.