My painting incorporates three seemingly different themes, linked by a sense of ambiguity, pattern and sensuality.
With my portraits I aim to reflect conflicting senses of intimacy and glamour, looking at luscious, over applied makeup and the heightened, synthetic colour which can evoke an immediate sense of dazzle and seduction. Yet there is something so private, almost confidential about the "beautifying" routine that there is also an exposed, vulnerable quality. Imperfections are enlarged and presented for scrutiny, perhaps inviting a slightly uneasy sense of voyeurism from the viewer.
In a similar way the underwater world invites different interpretations according to personal experience and emotion - to one person the images might evoke a sense of calm and quiet, to another, panic or menace.
The flowers are abstracted through heightened colour and close cropping, the addition of water droplets serve to enhance the glossiness so pushing the traditional aesthetic beauty towards something slightly sentimental, even garish. I wanted to achieve an intensity and borderline gaudiness with these paintings, yet maintain an unapologetic sweetness.
Central to all of these themes are the colours and patterns created by the interplay of light and surface, they are one-offs, fleeting and unique.
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting)
Bath Spa University College
BTEC Foundation Course
Falmouth College of Art