Encaustic Oil Paintings
Oil, white emulsion and wax on plywood
On a trip to London I noticed that all of the wildlife, natural elements or foliage was trapped and isolated in parks behind railings, confined in pots/hanging baskets or controlled in perfect lines to follw the pavement. This was so different to where I live in Wales, where the landscape is in control and we bend around it, dealing with mountains, valleys and rugged scenery. I used this as inspiration for an obsessive documentation project.I layered oil and wax on board, with areas of rough bristle marks and raised mounds of oil paint juxtaposed against harsh straight lines and chunks of wax. The bottom layer is of pure white and wax, to give a clinical, controlled feeling of attempting perfection, with an oil paint top layer of shades of green, blue, purple and yellow - colours in nature and full of life.