Influences in Art I am very fond of music and whilst I paint I listen to a wide genre of music from Uplifting House to Classical, which allows my mind to concentrate and somehow it sends me into another world, almost meditation. My favourite artist’s album currently is Kate Bush –Aerial ‘A sky and sea of Honey’ and Madonna – Confessions on a Dance Floor. I am particularly interested in painting studies from nature and I am especially fascinated with flowers. Their wonderful shapes and forms offer plenty of scope to convert into quirky designs. Vibrant colours, activity and movement are the three key elements to my designs. I focus upon these particular elements and even exaggerate them slightly in order to express to the viewer how I feel about the particular subject. I look for interesting colour that can be played up. The flowers in my paintings almost remind me of dancers, expressing their graceful moves – they seem alive and it’s all very dramatic! Colour - Predicting and determining in advance what I wanted to happen concerning use of colour in my recent series of paintings was vital. • Oriental influences of colour and style formed a significant ingredient in my recent series of paintings. • Colour plays an important role in attracting attention, as it is seen before form. The colours that clamour most immediately for our attention are the bright intense hues of the flower in each individual painting. • I have used chromatic black in the background which in turn makes the lighter hues of each flower become brighter when surrounded by the dark background. Also, the colour of each flower on the very dark background appears to be richer than they are, but yet remain well-contained by the dark colour. • As a series, I have used three main primary colours, a triad complimentary colour scheme and these are cyan, magenta and bright yellow with the addition of white titanium to tint and highlight and some earth colours to tone. • For each individual flower I have used a dominant primary colour and in some instances small amounts of their adjacent primary to form other hues within the actual flower imparting a coherent result. Also, in some cases the opposite primary has been added to create a shading effect of low intensity colour. • To create a harmonious yet strong contrast within the series was also essential. Each painting, in its complementary, enhances and vibrates the colour of each flower juxtapose achieving an effect of overall balance and unity.
Biography: My first memory as an artist was at a very early age of 4 years old - I won a competition for ‘the best painting’ which was of a daffodil flower in an exhibition. From then on I have always been extremely creative from painting pictures to making theatrical costumes and at my lower and comprehensive school my work was always displayed. My dream vocation was to become a painter. At 17 I attended Harrow Lodge College of Art & Design in Hornchurch, Essex and I was extremely happy there. I achieved 4 ‘A’ levels with exceptional grades and won a placement at The Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage, London. I was looking forward to a buzzing career in the Arts. The course involved an induction into all theatre crafts skills including painting scenery and from mid-first year I worked in the Costume Department. I worked on eight productions performed to the public, designed and directed by professional practitioners. Although the course was very interesting I felt I should have taken a Fine Art/ Illustration route similar to that of my happy days at Harrow Lodge College, but due to my financial status at that time I was unable to transfer to another college and course. I achieved a HND in Costume Interpretation but I did not pursue a career in the Theatre. Thereafter, every so often, I felt a spark of inspiration, which renewed my enthusiasm to ‘get creative’ once again, and I decided to learn painting with oils. With encouragement from my family and friends I joined the Fairkytes Art Group in Hornchurch to learn oil painting and to develop my own individual personal style. I have dedicated a special room in my house as an area in which I paint in often! It is very tranquil. Since, I have exhibited at the NEC Birmingham with Hornchurch Fine Art, the Queen’s Theatre and various other venues with great success.
Country: United Kingdom
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