Artist Statement - My Practice: Who I Am

I am a figurative expressionist artist specialising in nature subjects. My ultimate goal is to share with others my passion for nature through the medium of paint thereby raising awareness of the beauty of our world. My artworks are a way to bring the outside in as a constant reminder of how precious our world is and how we must look after it. As I’m always up for a challenge, I actively strive to stretch the boundaries of my art skills and knowledge by doing courses, devouring informative literature and programmes on art history, researching other artists, visiting galleries and participating in art events. I apply my learning by working on self-initiated projects, taking on commissions and workshops and entering exhibitions and competitions. I do most of my work in my home studio, painting from photos or composing a still-life, developing and interpreting the original picture giving my own interpretation of the form and structure of the subject. Armed with a sketchbook and drawing or painting materials, I explore the wider arts scene through sketches and simple studies of real experiences when being out and about. I often have more than one artwork on the go as I am always brimming over with ideas. My artwork has developed and matured over the years. Previously, it covered an eclectic range of subjects, styles, and techniques because I was discovering myself as an artist and, though I like exploring new subjects and ways of creating art, I am consolidating my works to develop a distinctive brand. My pieces are sensitive renditions that are striking through the use of colour, form, line, and texture. I set up my own website and social media pages to attract more viewers but I most enjoy engaging directly with the public when exhibiting and selling my work at art and craft fairs and at galleries and taking on private commissions.

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