Ramona Belcher

"Trees, dappled light, damp days when the flora swells with precious moisture; smell of moss and earth; flowers, birdsong, wind and branches creaking."

Ramona's latest works depict some of the woodlands she loves most. The mossy oaks at Dolgoch Falls near Talyllyn. The ancient forest on Hengistbury Head in Dorset. Grand autumn beeches near Glastonbury. The old brickfields at Lower Halstow in Kent. Ramona composes photographs in the woodland and works in the studio to try and recreate the feeling of the place, to bring that magic indoors for the benefit of the space and the viewer.

Ramona studied graphics and printmaking at Brighton and Chelsea Schools of Art in the 80s. winning the Portman prize in 1983 then worked from her studio in London and taught screenprinting in community centres and rural arts camps. Attending life drawing classes with Cecil Collins and in sacred clowning with Didier Danthois moved her into performance, dance and film work and she eventually left the city to set up Mischief and Miracles Touring Theatre Company. She was a founder member of Mean Feet Dance Company and AvalonCAN Creative Arts Network in Somerset whilst working as a professional clown, dance and teacher for 18 years in the community.

Returning to Visual Art, Ramona created her first installation "Wish" about our divorce from nature and the loss of our native culture. She collaborated with dancers and musicians on her film 'Somewhere Between' and her paintings were skies, beach and woodland landscapes. Two one-woman shows, several Somerset art weeks and Under the Moon womens' collective exhibition in London ensued. Recently she has studied traditional and contemporary Shamanism with Eliana Harvey of Shamanka in Dorset England.

Contact Ramona

Website: www.ramonabelcher.co.uk
Telephone: 07552 819 406

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