I am an artist and designer living and working in York, UK.
I’ve always been a scribbler and am passionate about colour. I like to paint at a scale that allows me to be gestural, using light and shade, colour and texture to create work that is from an emotional source. Sketchbooks and scrapbooks are used as references for my paintings, and I use them to trigger memories and feelings when back in the studio. When the British weather allows, I work ‘plein air’ to capture the energy I get when outside in the elements.
Even when the weather doesn’t allow oil painting, regular plein air expeditions result in many works on paper, often in graphite and watercolour. These are direct and instinctive responses to the environments and have a free and loose quality to them. I often have to work with the weather conditions and you can see the rain drops on some of them! These are my working documents, but I also produce giclée prints from them for sale.
In my figurative work, I aim to capture the character of the model, and enjoy working with models who have their own sense of style or who have a confidence or character that shines out in a drawing or painting. When painting people, I work from life, quickly and intuitively, using a mixture of mediums depending on the subject and the number of sittings.
(page header pic © Olivia Brabbs)