I am a landscape painter using watercolour and gouache to render an abstracted stillness in the environment. My process starts with the elements and an attempt to capture the light, atmosphere and physicality of my surroundings, but evolves into something less tangible. Finding the space between a prescribed figurative approach and a more simplified, ambiguous one is the challenge I enjoy most in my work for it to have lasting and multiple meanings.

I use daily drawing and sketching to familiarise myself with the local landscape to a point of reduced simplicity, so my studies become more about the asceticism of mark making. Exploring negative space to render the intimacy of a scene may sound counter-intuitive, but I find omission encourages interpretation. Having grown up in Devon with Cornish heritage I’m embedded in the West Country, a place that combines the extremes of rural isolation with well-trodden tourist motifs. A strong motivation in my work is to avoid the picturesque and instead to capture the visceral effects of the region’s most hidden corners.


Hannah Woodman studied at Exeter College of Art and Design and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London University, before training to teach at the London Institute of Education, where she later took an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education. Hannah has exhibited alongside prestigious names such as Rose Hilton, Jean Cooke and Howard Hodgkin and featured across a range of media including the Sunday Telegraph, Country Life and BBC2’s Rick Stein’s Cornwall series. She has had a series of sell-out solo shows, and her work is held in private and public collections, both at home and abroad. Working across Cornwall and Devon, Hannah’s studio is based near Devon’s South coast.

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Mall Galleries, 2022, 2023, 2024 RI and RBA Annual Opens
  • Royal West of England Academy 2011-19 Annual Opens
  • Panter & Hall Gallery, London 2016-20 Solo exhibitions 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Tremenheere Gallery, Penzance 2017, 2024 Solo exhibitions
  • JHW Fine Art, Cork Street, London 2004-13 Solo exhibitions 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
  • Lemon Street Gallery , Truro 2005 Solo exhibition
  • Beaux Arts, Bath 2008 Group exhibition
  • Hilton Fine Art, Penzance 2008 Joint solo exhibition with Rose Hilton and Jean Cook RA
  • Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 2007 Solo exhibition accompanying Sir Howard Hodgkin


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