It’s a ‘Spirit of Inquiry’ that drives Polly Dutton to explore ideas for her work.
‘What if?’ is the questions she asks herself constantly as she pushes experimentation and curiosity.
Much of Polly’s work is inspired by the natural world and her paintings begin with small sketches, a moment in time, a thought, a word or a fleeting idea.
Polly usually works by visiting the landscape a number of times, creating pencil and charcoal sketches to inform the final work. She will then work to finish the work in her studio. Polly also may work quickly and spontaneously in the landscape to capture the changing light and create a painting in one session.
Work begins with intuition and without judgement, creating layer upon layer of paint; feeling her way through a process of creation – trusting that all will be well. It is only when Polly feels everything is ‘right’ on the canvas that a process of resolving the work begins. Polly uses form and colour to create a narrative and unique language.

Polly's paintings are with private collectors throughout the UK, Holland, Australia and the U.S.A