Caroline Flint joined Mayor Ros Jones and Civic Mayor George Derx and guests to celebrate a retrospective exhibition of paintings prints and drawings by Tickhill artist Janet Buckle, held at the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Said Caroline “I am so pleased I was able to join the launch of this major exhibition, by a longstanding local artist. I first came across Janet’s work when I saw her paintings of coalmining landscapes.
“Janet observed that coal mines and their slag heaps are not just grey and lifeless, but that they were constantly changing. I love her everyday views. Her work reveals her surroundings from the view from the back door to walking through lush woodland.”
Janet Buckle has lived in the borough for over forty years. Her subjects vary from vibrant flower studies to still lives and landscapes, and she has also made a large series of paintings drawings and prints of the coal mining landscape around Doncaster.
The creation of a picture, Janet says, seems to go in three stages:
“The first stage, when the initial idea is created and the canvas covered is good, and I feel enthusiastic about the picture and can see its possibilities.
"The second stage is the hard one, when I can get bogged down with self-doubt and almost lose sight of the original idea. At this stage the picture seems doomed, but if I can push through this and reach the third stage, when everything comes together, then the picture can be completed“
This exhibition brings together Janet's work spanning fifty years, and includes pictures from public and private collections.
The Exhibition runs until 1 July at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road Doncaster DN1 2AE
PHOTO TOP: Janet Buckle and Caroline Flint.
PHOTO BELOW: Painting of Rossington Colliery.