Drawings & Oil on Canvas
“These small collaged works on paper and oil paintings were completed during the summer of 2015-2016. I was immersed in my garden and delighted by the lush aroma of lavender, it's mauve and violet hues, the cut grass, the fragrance of the pale pink roses and the intense blues of the Delphiniums. These all had an effect on how I worked and what I wanted to paint. The oil paintings on canvas and mono-printed, torn collages explore the qualities of light, colour, form and mark making. I was compelled to work quickly and felt intuitively that this was a part of a creative process that consolidated ideas about collage. These works then came to carve a way forward for an experience that I would bring to clay.”
Arabella Ross: Masters Fine Art Painting. Chelsea School of Art 1985-86
My recent oil paintings and combined mixed media oil and printed collages on paper are about nature and the presence of a human spirit within a natural environment that is akin to a paradise. My paintings and collages form a visual narrative. My inspiration comes from looking and drawing the colours and forms in my garden, charcoal drawings from my imagination using sketchbooks, photographs and responding to the drive from an internal landscape.
I enjoy mixing my own colours to get the exact hue that I want. The linen I prime with rabbit skin glue. It is the unctuous quality, texture, fluidity and the smell of oil paint that I love. I employ various mediums to thin or thicken my paints. The gold leaf in the collages is applied in layers. Working spontaneously in my studio and outdoors is a way to enter into nature’s magical world; a world of sky, trees, plants, colours, light and aromas, a dialogue and contemplation between artwork and viewer, between artist and viewer. Water too has it’s fluidity, a mercurial light, turbulence, depth and stillness, a churning stillness like that of the sea. The driving force in my work is energy and a quest for identity and metaphor.