My earliest influences are from the emotive, swirling images of J.M.W Turner’s art. Together with the later vigour of the Abstract Expressionists, I would describe my artistic style as essentially figurative expressionism; capturing the energy and essence of both sea and landscapes.
Where It All Began
Colour has been at the core of my being from a young age. I have always been a maker of things, with the need to create being a personal imperative. My paintings are inspired by what I see and experience in nature; the enormity, beauty and colour that surrounds us. I love to walk in the rolling hills near home or by the sea and when doing so, to take time to absorb my surroundings and think about the colours and textures that I might employ to capture and convey the deep and complex emotional responses that the sea and landscape can evoke.
“My business is to paint what I see, not what I know is there…”
I love water and trees and wide open landscapes, and in particular wide, open, dramatic skies! I approach each piece of work initially with a visual image which I ‘play out’ on the blank canvas, thinking about composition, colour and texture (not necessarily in that order!). I may start by layering texture onto the canvas, often mixing colour into the medium before committing myself to the detail of the composition, whether this be from one of my experiences, or a commissioned painting. Sometimes working quickly, sometimes taking time to let the painting evolve.
Art has been an integral part of my life, whether enjoying exhibitions or painting. I initially studied psychology and for many years enjoyed a successful career as a Clinical Psychologist. In 2017 I left the NHS to follow my passion for art and painting. I am thus, essentially self-taught but have however, been fortunate to receive some excellent tutoring from a number of professional artists over the years. I have learnt and been encouraged in my development as an artist; their patience, knowledge and inspiration embedded in my work.
My current as well as earlier works are to view on my website, which I hope you enjoy.
Whilst I do exhibit, I work mostly to commission. In commissioning a piece of work, there are a number of things to consider. Time to discuss ideas, the subject of the painting (abstract or moving toward the figurative), whether there is a specific land or seascape that has captured your imagination and of course the size of the work and where the piece is to sit are all important. Whilst I am flexible, I love to paint large canvases, and like to encourage people to think carefully about their space and the impact that they wish to convey. So please, do contact me if you would like to discuss any ideas you wish to develop.
© Anne Jane Waters
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