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Arabella Ross: Masters Fine Art Painting. Chelsea School of Art 1985-86
My recent oil paintings and mixed media, 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. I draw in charcoal working from my imagination using my sketchbooks, photographs and the landscape as further inspiration. 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.
“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. In 2018 the large charcoal drawings set in a tropical rainforest began as a process……a roll of white cartridge paper. Jungles, tigers, macaws and the erosion of our planet are themes that I return to where the added political dimension heightens the meanings of the work. The aeroplane in the left hand corner of one of my drawings titled “Paradise Lost” signifies tourism and warfare.”