Mallory rich pastels were inspired by the sunny climes of Italy where she based her highly evocative and romantic works. Using handmade pastel sticks which she compounds from French chalk, Lake creates works which are incredibly lush and velvety in texture but it is her approach to and interpretation of her subject matter which draws her ever-increasing following. Her work is all about light, its visual and psychological effects. Her landscapes emerge from the velvety depths of her grounds lit with such dramatic effect that they take on a brooding, dreamlike quality. They are gems, glowing with their own inner light.