Hazel Cashmore came to live in Caithness twenty years ago. Born in Coventry, Hazel received her art education at
Leamington School of Art, and Coventry Art College. A member of Thurso's Pentland Art Club, she showed her paintings
in mixed exhibitions until 1983 when her work was first shown at Lyth Arts Centre. Since then Hazel has shown annually
at the Caithness Society of Artists here in Thurso, as well as exhibiting in Edinburgh, Inverness, and London. Locally Hazel
has had solo exhibitions at The Swanson Gallery, Thurso, and The Lybster Gallery. Her work hangs in private collections
throughout Britain and North America as well as here in Caithness.
Hazel's works are all painted in acrylic on canvas or canvas boards, in a traditional but timeless style which harmonises
with the Caithness landscape and its infinite variety of changing moods. The unique quality of the light - which gives a
magical presence to the most familiar of views - is well known to anyone who has visited Caithness, and it is this quality
which Hazel attempts to capture in her paintings.
"The North of Scotland possesses unique qualities for the painter.
Never blatant, its landscape has a subtle quality which is best appreciated through year-long
observation. I believe that every person carries within them their own ideal landscape which
sometimes finds its counterpart in reality. I feel that I have realised my own personal landscape
through painting my surroundings which, although remote and austere, have an underlying spiritual
signature of their own."
Leamington School of Art
Coventry Art College
1983 Lyth Arts Centre
1985 Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
1985 Swanson Gallery, Thurso
1986 Hanover Fine Art, Edinburgh
1987 Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh
1991 Hanover Fine Art, Edinburgh
1992 Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh
1993 Whiteley's of Bayswater, London
1993 The Lybster Gallery
1994 Lyth Arts Centre
1994 Hanover Fine Art, Edinburgh
1995 Hanover Fine Art, Edinburgh
1995 Lybster Gallery
1996 Swanson Gallery, Thurso