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I am naturally drawn to strong colour and form and particularly inspired by Coral reefs and flowers and their fantastical patterns and textures. I introduce washes and interference medium to my work to allow a layer of subtly to move in and around the canvas, creating surrealistic and abstract pieces.

I need to be immersed in my space where the materials I work with are to hand. I like to get physical with the paint and canvas using my hands to work the surface. I swirl the paint around, diluting it, pouring it, continually moving and shifting the canvas back and forth to keep the colours flowing. Eventually I reach the point when the paint seems to take control and I am simply a conduit for pigment and wash. It’s like I’ve earned the paint’s respect and it allows me to share the fun. It’s completely visceral. I revel in the…

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  • Born on December 10
  • Joined November 29, 2011

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About

Artists statement

I am naturally drawn to strong colour and form and particularly inspired by Coral reefs and flowers and their fantastical patterns and textures. I introduce washes and interference medium to my work to allow a layer of subtly to move in and around the canvas, creating surrealistic and abstract pieces.

I need to be immersed in my space where the materials I work with are to hand. I like to get physical with the paint and canvas using my hands to work the surface. I swirl the paint around, diluting it, pouring it, continually moving and shifting the canvas back and forth to keep the colours flowing. Eventually I reach the point when the paint seems to take control and I am simply a conduit for pigment and wash. It’s like I’ve earned the paint’s respect and it allows me to share the fun. It’s completely visceral. I revel in the prospect of the paint surprising me again.


Caroline Ashwood Biography:

I grew up in England. As far back as anyone can remember, I have always drawn pictures and experimented with colour and paint.

I went to art school in Sheffield and by the time I was twenty, I was drawn to London and that’s when I got my first big break in advertising at M&C Saatchi.

I continued to make a career in the ad industry and also painted at every opportunity. The more I immersed myself in the creative process, the more I wanted to express my thoughts not just those of an advertising client. I was feeling a hunger. An urge to pick up a paint brush and make a mark on a canvas. People began to buy my work. Then one day, I declared to my family that I wanted to paint for a living….

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