A Wilder Side - Elaine Jones’ latest work rides a swell of emotion on a European road trip
There’s nothing like a large expanse of water to capture the light and encourage unique reflections. And for Elaine Jones, an artist so skilled at capturing the ethereal qualities of water against the land, the views of Lac de Carcans on the west coast of France proved restorative and inspiring. ‘It was just me on my own, sketching before everyone else was up. My time for a bit of peace.’ Yet there was an inherent sense of danger even in such a tranquil place. Elaine and her family chose to camp in the forest, in part to feel more connected to and immersed in the landscape. But the drought that impacted Europe over the summer meant the earth was parched and cracked. ‘It was a bit scary, being surrounded by trees,’ she said. ‘We were quite near where some of the wildfires had been. The contrast between light and dark elements proved to be an enduring feature of their five-week road trip, which saw them travel from Cornwall to northern Spain and down through southwestern France. Her sketches from the lake, and other locations on the trip, are fuelling her latest work.