Artwork title: Lionfish Lair. Artwork media: Acrylic on Collage . Artwork dimensions: 50cm x 70cm
As a Graphic Designer constrained by the exacting guidelines of a Corporate Design Manual for 30 years, I find the freedom to learn new techniques & do things my way is overwhelming & stimulating! Since my retirement & ‘liberation’ I’ve tried various art classes & different media realising that I’ve so much more to learn. My most recent art tutor, Anita Reid, encouraged me to do just that, to experiment with a wide array of materials, to imagine & ad-lib, not just render what I see. I prefer to look to the natural world for a theme or subject. From the effect of nature on a derelict object, to the stunning colouration & striking patterns on a tiny frog or fish. Experimenting with both traditional paint materials & tools as well as collage, & maybe some more random materials which I feel harmonise with my subject. Sometimes ‘happy accidents’ can occur & working into them can give unexpected & interesting results. The final elements are then drawn or painted into & on the top. To portray my subjects I select some of their key elements & hope that I can trigger the attention & imagination of the viewer. Doing this I aspire to create artworks which people will find appealing, curious & interesting. I’ve exhibited & sold at The Williamson’s Open Exhibitions, The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, & won The Rosenberg Trophy (2015) for the best painting incorporating figures at Heswall Artists Association. I love the thrill of discovering a ‘red spot’ on my artwork.