I painted this piece after a very long and very busy week. It was great just to relax and do what I do best for a once. The culmination of an extraordinary Painting Experience Day, a tough physical week and booking a London Theatre break all feature somewhere.
This incredibly complex and deeply involving painting is unlike anything I have done for a while; but then again, the week I just had was unlike most typical weeks.
I have used and unusually sensual and very dream-like palette of colours that have allowed me to express what I wanted to say in a subtle yet very attention-grabbing way.
I am constantly amazed at what I can produce with my own blend of enamel paints; that’s not a boast but merely an observation. I guess all artists like to push themselves – it’s where the best art comes from.
Make up your own mind about what you see in this painting but I have definitely included two distinct masks in the bottom left hand corner. There are many other faces in this painting too; most of which you’ll need to study to see. The overwhelming feeling I get from looking at this art is one of accomplishment.
The tones are very deep and rich whilst the highlights are very fine and delicate.
Balancing light and dark is what this painting is all about for me even if it was complicated to get right. I used brushes for a change too which is unusual. What I have produced is calm but also very intense; there is just about the right amount of everything to give this piece immense drama yet still retain a raw beauty that is both soft and hard at the same time.
She is definitely a female painting – of that I am in no doubt.