Ever since we were alerted to the work of Otley based artists Christine Relton & Tom Marine we’ve been on a mission to bring their wonderful Yorkshire Dales landscapes to our gallery in Muker.
Christine & Tom work together to produce each painting, combining their love and knowledge of colour, texture, composition and, not least, the Yorkshire Dales, to represent the wonderful landscapes of the Upper Dales in a style that’s very much their own, and that captures the mood and essence of the place.
So if you’d like to be transported through the dales, along The Wharfe, or The Swale or Arken Beck, into a world of dry stone wall patterned fells, fast flowing rivers and close knit villages, set beneath brooding skies, perhaps a Relton Marine painting is just the thing for you.
Art is best seen in the flesh, so if you’re interested in seeing a Relton Marine painting up close, what better excuse than to drive through their landscapes and visit our gallery in Upper Swaledale. If you can’t make it, but are still interested, don’t hesitate to call or email us!
Richard & Polly
In their own words
We are Christine Relton and Tom Marine and have been making paintings collaboratively since 1996 as RELTON MARINE. We paint together on the same canvas and have developed a distinctive style of painting unique to us. Our inspiration is colour, colour and more colour, with travel, ceramics, textiles and landscape as constant themes and a belief that there’s no such thing as too much but with a rigorous eye to composition and keeping it all together. Our only intention is for you to feel happy and uplifted when you look at the paintings and see the fun we had making them.
We’ll decide what we want to paint in terms of where and what and discuss rough ideas and colours. Under painting has become more and more important to give depth and texture and this is primarily Tom’s job. He stretches and primes all our canvases and spends hours getting the surface and colours looking good. Christine has no patience with this but is more interested in the overall composition. She works very fast and Tom’s other job is to tell her when to leave the painting alone and give it room to breathe. As a result, we don’t often paint at the same time but will get together to decide how to finish the painting and discuss what’s working and what isn’t and make changes.
At this stage it’s not unusual to change the composition and repaint whole areas again. This amount of over painting and adjustment is the good thing about working together as it stops you from getting too stale or too precious about the work. We always use acrylic paint for the same reason – it dries fast and allows a lot of manipulation and re-painting. We consider a painting finished when the balance and composition feel right, the colour works and the result is fresh and full of energy.
We want the viewer to feel uplifted and for our enjoyment of the painting process to come through.