Netherby Hall's Virtual Art Gallery

Maid of the sea by Gillian Naylor

Inspired by Reiecke flute sonata 'Undine' 

Born in the Lake District, I spent most of my time outside. Feeling like the landscape was part of me and all animals played a part in my world. I made up stories, invented other worlds and built strange creatures. 

My visual imagination developed in contrast to my ability to read or write, which was always a struggle. Now when I ponder a dilemma, my brain gives me a painting for an answer. I make mixed media paintings that tell a story. The main narrative running through the work is the human journey through life, how we relate to each other and the world around us. 

I am searching for an understanding; researching issues such as migration, global warming, death, fear, love and new beginnings. All played out with the backdrop of the natural world. Patterns in my work are from nature; such as spirals, waves and feathers. These are combined with domestic patterns from wallpaper and fabric as a reference to the interconnectedness. Birds and animals appear alongside human figures or a combination of the two. After a period of research an image will come to mind; a visual answer to a quest for understanding.


Art by Gillian Naylor

Guardian and friend snake

Without perceived danger would we protect?

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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What are you carrying little fox?

Once you work out what you carrying you can make a plan to put it down

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
£1400 (Framed) - Buy Now

Expansion 

Being in nature, listening to music and painting all help me feel connected to and part of  the natural world.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Maid of the sea 

Inspired by flute sonata Undine by Reinecke 

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
£1400 (Framed) - Buy Now

Dog days 

Summer days when the birds seem to sing from morning to night and all that grows explodes with life.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Bring in the day

Dawn chorus music to my ears.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Waiting for the tide to turn

Relax the right conditions are on the way.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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We talked of such

Make plans, keep plans and hold memories. 

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Metamorphosis 

Always learning, growing and changing. The life journey of a human, extraordinary.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Conversation blooms online

Talking of family, friends, love and hope in 2020 when we all stayed home.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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Lucky like that

Girl on a swing
Self portrait 
I spent the early days of lockdown searching for four leaf clover on my walks. There are three on the dress along with seeds collected from flowers. So I was lucky to find them and felt lucky to be able to walk in the fields in the sunshine. I found a black and white photo of myself at 15 looking very boyish. I remember struggling with the idea of being a woman and taking on all that the title seemed to promise. 
I wouldn’t change my own journey but good to see positive changes in the world.

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
£1200 (Framed) - Buy Now

Inside out 

Dreaming of being in the mountains 
Walking in the fields 
The birds whisperer of forests 
The rain promises rivers 
Relax 
Breathe

77cm by 56cm mixed media on Somerset paper
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This exhibition was curated by Timothy and Rafaele Appleby