"Since the birth of photography, it has been necessary for painting to find a new voice. It must say something which cannot be expressed with a camera. My practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but I constantly challenge my understanding of the medium, and explore ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. Drawn to dark spaces, I try to use the marks available to me as economically as possible, distilling the image/feeling/moment into what is necessary Paint enables me to explore my world, and lends a voice with which to comment on modern life.
Having grown up in rural Devon, I have always been interested in landscape and the environment. My traditional university training nurtured this interest and also led me to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing my studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, I taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. I have recently returned to Devon where I now live and work. I still exhibit regularly all over the UK," - HB
Hester first exhibited at White Moose in 2015 in the group exhibition Ten with Edward Crumpton and Peter Kettle. She now runs portrait sessions at the gallery every week.