Caroline is a Mixed Media artist based in Gosport, Hampshire.
Hi Caroline, What sets you up for a day in the studio?
I am extremely lucky to have a small studio at the bottom of the garden which means that everything is set up and ready to go. It also enables me to feel that I am going to work every day. I usually walk the dog first thing in the morning, which allows me time to contemplate ideas and think about what I would like to achieve that day. Sounds perfect I know! Doesn’t always work out quite like that!!
How did you develop your style?
My style has developed over many years and is still developing. I love to experiment and have never really stuck to the rules. I completely admire artists that are the master of one technique or medium but it’s not for me. I really love to use mediums in different combinations and am influenced by a huge range of artists, designers, and cultures.
Do you have a favourite tool or process?
Probably my favourite process is to work in layers. I always work in collections, which I think is a hangover from training as a textile print designer. You could say that all of my work is just one constant development. I adjust each piece slightly whilst observing how all of the elements and layers work together. When I visualise an idea for a new collection I always see it in layers.
What personal touches do you like to include in your work?
I love to add a reflective medium as I have always been captivated by the way the light hits a shiny surface. I introduce these touches because it adds a metamorphic element to my work, as it transforms with the changing light, from early morning to the artificial lights of night time. Each piece takes on a variety of different moods, colours and appearances. This is my way to bring nature to life.
What do you do to relax?
I could quite easily spend all day reading, looking at beautiful art books and listening to music with no interruptions. My idea of heaven!
What are you currently working on?
I am currently developing a series of work which I have called ‘Hope’. This has developed as a response to the events that have unfolded over the last year and a half. Some terrible things have happened but what I have seen in amongst it all is ‘hope’. Trees have always been my passion and I am using these as a visual message to represent the many different elements of our world. I already have ideas for several more series which all start with the letter ‘H’!
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I can’t imagine not doing something creative? I did want to be a vet when I was growing up and absolutely loved horses, so maybe something to do with animals. I also would have loved to have been a dancer if I’d been born into a different body! Ha, ha!
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