FOREST

~2016~

Crushing, Crunching Underfoot and Calm
Crushing, Crunching Underfoot and Calm
Oil on Canvas 1110 X 1000mm
Forest Mulch at the Base
Forest Mulch at the Base
Oil on Canvas 750 x 750mm
Dusk in the Forest and edge of Paisley
Dusk in the Forest and edge of Paisley
Oil on Canvas 600mm x 700mm
Etched in Yellow with Blossoms
Etched in Yellow with Blossoms
Oil on Canvas 450mm x 450mm
Paisley protecting the Forest
Paisley protecting the Forest
Oil on Canvas 500 x 500mm
Forest Storm Rooted in Paisley
Forest Storm Rooted in Paisley
Oil on Canvas 700 x 600mm
Light in the Forest with a Carpet of Stone
Light in the Forest with a Carpet of Stone
Oil on Canvas 510 x 410mm
Light and Beyond
Light and Beyond
Oil on Canvas 700mm x 600mm
Night Drive
Night Drive
Oil on Canvas 500mm x 500mm
Prisms and Possibilities in the Forest
Prisms and Possibilities in the Forest
Oil on Canvas 1110 x 1000mm
Webbed Branches and Turkish Textile
Webbed Branches and Turkish Textile
Oil on Canvas 1110mm x 800mm
Indoor-Outdoor Light Emerging in the forest with persian carpert
Indoor-Outdoor Light Emerging in the forest with persian carpert
Oil on Canvas 750mm x 750mm

My latest paintings have grown from my ongoing visit, cerebrally, to the urban forest that I grew up in. I felt safe, happy, lost in my thoughts and comforted by the leaves that fell, the tree trunks that supported me and the breeze that crisply blew, giving me shivers down my back and goosebumps on my skin, but always allowing me to imagine, create and be myself.

I have a similar sensation when painting and being immersed in paint, palette and brushes, mixing colours and being lost in my thoughts of my Forest inspiration. I feel complete and at one with my canvas.

My new Forests Paintings are tactile in quality. I investigate the tangible quality of the Forest, by sticking dried leaves on the canvas, and wet leaves, that dry on the canvas. I use sticks and sand from a Forest. I formally break down the structure of the Forest. I focus on the ground, where the sound of the leaves crushing under bare feet, thrills my sensations. Damp leaves leave my feet cold and wrinkled. The middle tree trunks, rough barks are powerful, weighty and masculine, creating a pattern and structure, and then the filtered light through the umbrella of leaves, at the top of the trees causes dappled, gentle light. Light, shade and shadows together with the tactile elements, dominate the forest paintings.

Again, I dwell on walking from outdoor/ indoor and the comforting textiles that envelope me. However in this series, I talk about the influence of nature on the textile and convergence of design and nature in the forest and in the textile.

The actual paint and act of painting takes on an important part of the painting. I do not attempt to know the final image, but enjoy the process of exploring, adding and erasing paint and colours, until I arrive at the desired atmosphere. I set out to create an ambiance rather than a visual reality.