Halstead’s oil paintings are as if of dreams, containing archetypes and often imagery of another era.
Her choice of colour sometimes seems to add a filter for looking. Her pictures are often painted from a bird’s eye view, as if she is merely flying over as observer. The viewer, as a consequence, has no choice but to enter these scenes, drawn in by their fairy tale qualities.
There are wild boar, deer, owls, dogs, horses and other birds, drifting Chagall-like over the landscape. This is transporting imagery, deftly painted after a life time of practice and connection to the natural world, the subconscious, the art of telling a story.
Exhibited: Animalia May 2021