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, 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.



It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot; or a few

small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try

to make them elaborate, this isn't

a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver

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