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 and by creating my own iconography through a process of collage. Images are created through an evoked landscape made up of multiple sensations, expectations, fulfilment and loss.
Techniques are developed through the use and mixing of colour and marks. I use oil paint, pigments, gold leaf, turpentine and mediums. In a visual world that is constantly expanding, the magic land, the temenos formed by painting and the infinite potential of the blank canvas, becomes the land where space and time reinvent their dimensions. This 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 has it’s fluidity, mercurial light, turbulence, depth and stillness, a churning stillness like that of the sea. The driving force in my work is energy, a quest for identity and metaphor.