Click on a 'thumbnail' to see a larger image and to read further details.
Nerys was drawn to flowers for their colours, but she also explored their lines and shapes in black and white. In the early 1990s, in particular, she applied herself to drawing, and for a time exhibited mainly large, energetic charcoal drawings of tangled vegetation and flowers. Whether using charcoal, burin on an etching plate, ink and brush or quill pen, drawing was always an intensely expressive activity, as well as an important discipline. Bold black lines were sometimes applied to colour paintings, seemingly to enhance a composition which had veered too close to prettiness. Working in black and white often alternated with work in colour, forming an integral part of the process of exploration and discovery at the heart of Nerys' art.
Copyright © Nerys Johnson Estate 2010. Page updated 31 August 2014.