So many muses. So little time.
“Art is a way to make deep connection and quench the soul. To me, forging this way means exploring themes of fragmentation, alienation and disconnection as well as those of presence, empowerment and enchantment. Out of the shadows dawns fresh light on the nature of reconciliation, our relationship with the world and the rites of passage which accompany being human. This is why I paint.” (Charlotte J Kessler)
Although I trained in fine art at collage I didn’t paint at all! I was hooked on the shape and stories of the human body and made body casts and photographs to explore themes of attachment, and memory.
The paintings submitted for this competition are the 3rd time I have ever used oils. I was so grateful for the Old Master Academy webinars because I literally knew nothing about oil painting before. Every morning I would start in my studio with their video and watch one lesson before starting from there. It was slow and very satisfying process. They showed me every step of the way. No questions were left unanswered and I felt supported in my new venture.
My painting techniques got better every day and artist friends of mine even commented on how much I was improving and not to give up on those tough days!
My paintings keep me in touch the power, fragility and enchantment nature reveals. I am inspired to paint the beauty that we as human beings have the capacity to observe, feel and create.
Yet I notice the dark paradoxical undertones of the consumerist culture that we are and the impact on the world. My paintings are a conversation with all of these things. The hide and seek nature inherent to us and other living creatures. The seen and unseen landscapes we create.
Each painting I do illuminates a moment of this enchanted, interwoven and complex world. I want to offer an island of solace, within a sometimes harsh and angular world; meditations to reflect on, soul windows to lean in to: This is why I am drawn to the ways of the Old Masters techniques of painting. The effect is sublime.
Composition is a big challenge for me as my paintings are a hybrid of a real subjects juxtaposed with imaginary scenes, often taken from nature. Learning about composition and portraiture drawing and painting is my main goal. The techniques of colour choice, blending and creating depth and tone are also high up on the list of skills I want to hone.
Winning Old Masters Academy™ course will give me the teaching I most desire for painting a body of work towards my next exhibition. It will be a practical asset and valuable learning tool for the next stage of my career!