Connected to Nature


“This Untouched Land” – oil on wooden panel – 60 x 60cm

Since the industrial revolution humanity has faced a rapid and unprecedented transformation which has resulted in our bond to nature being eroded. As a result of this we are less likely to feel a connection to the natural world.

The term ‘connection to nature’ is frequently used to describe our attitude towards the natural world, our emotional relationship along with our knowledge and behavior. This connectedness can be thought of as a love of nature or it can be thought of as simply feeling emotionally connected with nature. Research suggests that people with a greater connection to nature are more likely to behave positively towards the environment, wildlife and habitats.

It is this emotional connection to our place in nature that I am currently exploring in my latest paintings, – how we experience the world here and now; our emotional response, beliefs and attitudes towards the natural environment.
The ambivalent forces of nature are a running theme in this work. Nature is often associated with peace, calm and beauty, but nature also has a wild side which is cold, dark and dangerous. It is these wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and the significance that I’m exploring in these paintings.

Details of these latest paintings will soon be added to my website and should you like to find out more please don’t hesitate to email me at toritipton@hotmail.com