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  • Writer's pictureKarolina Franceschini

Why artists love nature?

Exploring Connection between Humans and Naturalism in art

I find inspiration in everything around me, but for as long as I can remember, I felt great sensitivity and closeness to nature.

The delicate balance of ecosystems

I could hear every bird, feel every stroke of wind and see all the wonderfulness of colours of nature to the point it would make me feel lightheaded. I grow up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by forest and orchards in my native Poland, and later I found my home in beautiful and wild Scotland. This had profound influence on my art practice and relationship with nature.

I was also lucky enough to discover and meet some of the most inspiring artist based in Scotland , that in one way or another draw from that similar inspirational pool, and I am delighted to share some of their beautiful work here.

Colin Brown artwork
Colin Brown ,Garland 3, 2022 mixed media painting on panel H:60cm W:40cm

Humans have an inherent and profound connection with the natural world. Throughout history, our lives have been intertwined with nature, and this bond continues to shape our well-being and sense of belonging. In this article, I delve into the deep-rooted connection between humans and naturalism and explore the significance of embracing and nurturing this relationship. From the earliest civilizations to the modern era, humans have relied on nature for sustenance, shelter, and inspiration. However, our connection with nature goes beyond mere survival. There is a spiritual and emotional aspect to our relationship with the natural world that resonates within us.

In the embrace of nature, we reconnect with our primal instincts and rediscover our place in the web of life. We witness the interdependence of all living things and the delicate balance of ecosystems. This reminder of our interconnectedness fosters a sense of humility and encourages us to become stewards of the environment.

Iona Kewney art
'Conference of the land beyond' Iona Kewney 2021

Connection with nature extends to our identity and cultural heritage

Nature has a unique ability to awaken our senses, calm our minds, and uplift our spirits. The serene beauty of a sunrise, the rhythmic sound of waves crashing on the shore, and the vibrant colors of a blooming flower can evoke a profound sense of awe and wonder. Studies have shown that exposure to nature reduces stress, improves mood, and enhances overall well-being. Moreover, our connection with nature extends to our identity and cultural heritage. Many indigenous cultures view themselves as an integral part of the natural world, with deep reverence for the earth, water, plants, and animals. Recognizing and honoring this connection can foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship and a desire to protect and preserve our natural resources.

Ashley Cook artwork
Ashley Cook,THE LANGUAGE OF THE BIRDS Limited Edition Print

In a fast-paced and technology-driven world, reconnecting with nature is vital for maintaining balance and harmony in our lives. Spending time outdoors, engaging in activities like hiking, gardening, or simply sitting under a tree, allows us to reconnect with our roots and tap into the healing power of nature. As humans, our connection with naturalism runs deep within our DNA. Embracing and nurturing this connection has the potential to enhance our well-being, inspire creativity, and promote a sustainable future. Let us honour and protect this bond with the natural world, for it is through nature that we discover our true essence and find solace in the beauty that surrounds us.

Nature's mercy is a powerful force

In our bustling lives, nature's mercy often goes unnoticed. Yet, it surrounds us, offering solace, healing, and forgiveness. Nature's mercy is a powerful force that reminds us of our interconnectedness and the importance of nurturing our relationship with the natural world. Nature extends its merciful touch to those seeking solace. A stroll through a serene forest, the gentle rustling of leaves, or the soothing sound of a babbling brook can provide much-needed respite from the chaos of daily life. It embraces us in its calming embrace, allowing our worries to dissipate and our souls to find peace.

Jules Bradbury art
Jules Bradbury

Nature teaches us the art of forgiveness and regeneration. After a destructive storm, it rebuilds, rejuvenates, and offers new beginnings. It reminds us that even in the face of adversity, there is always hope and the possibility of renewal. Nature's mercy invites us to forgive ourselves and others, allowing room for growth and transformation.

Nature's mercy is a reflection of its profound interconnectedness. It treats all living beings with equanimity, offering sustenance and shelter to every creature. It teaches us the value of compassion, reminding us that we are part of a greater whole. When we embrace nature's mercy, we strengthen our bond with the world around us.

As recipients of nature's mercy, it becomes our responsibility to protect and preserve it. By practicing sustainable living, advocating for conservation efforts, and fostering a deep respect for the natural world, we ensure that future generations can also experience the grace and mercy of nature.

Nature's mercy is an invaluable gift that we often overlook. By acknowledging its presence and embracing its lessons, we can cultivate a harmonious relationship with the natural world. Let us open our hearts to the grace of nature's mercy and work together to safeguard the interconnected web of life that sustains us all.

So why artists love nature?

We had been spending more and more time in the north of Scotland in the past years, finding peace and ourselves. I feel closer to nature with age, the sounds and the smells are even more vivid now. My understanding of our connection to the past is often reflected in my work as well. I do like to tap into folklore and stories of the land and, most importantly, to highlight the connection with nature and earth that we sadly seem to be losing.


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