I love to paint outdoors, immersing myself in the sensory qualities of light and colour, to catch the pulse and poetics, of the Devon and Cornwall land, coast and seascapes. I aim to evoke these numinous qualities, the spirit, vitality and zest of life, in my oil and mixed media paintings. 

In my meditation practise, on retreat, many years ago, I experienced total immersion into an all encompassing joy, a dissolution into the nature of being, which has remained with me ever since. Like being inside an explosion of particles eternally unfolding in an exquisite dance, going beyond thoughts and feelings to experience simply what is. 

To live this I gather the dancing sunlight and chasing shadows, the splash and ripple of water, wind whispering in trees, veils of colour traversing land, sparkles of sunlight crossing seas and the glow of arriving breathless dawns. Momentary delights.​

I have found that this quality of presence, simply being with whatever is emerging, from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic, whether sorrowful, beautiful or exquisite, reveals that there are indeed a thousand names for joy. 

Josie Gould MA and BA (Hons) Fine Art



Devon. UK.


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