“Life isn’t static, you can’t help but enjoy the energy, feeling and atmosphere of beautiful places when you are outside walking, sketching and experiencing the outdoors. It is a reflective activity where we are able to think freely without distractions, which in turn creates a joyful experience which uplifts the soul and heart. Nature is captivating and awe inspiring. It provides us with endless dynamic views which adjust every second with fleeting changes in the landscape due to the weather, sunlight or season. As an artist the coast, landscape and forest are places to observe and take in the mood, to identify shapes and forms through spontaneous mark making in my sketchbook. Combining these images with reference photographs and my own memories, they become inspiration for my paintings back in the studio.
I work experimentally with mixed media depending on the mood of a painting. Sometimes I have to let the paint flow and mingle, other times I may use bold energetic marks or concentrate on delicately capturing the contrast in light and tone. If things get too static, I sometimes have to throw out the worries about precision and just play with the paint using unusual tools and media combinations on paper or canvas. The paint often does its own thing, just like nature! Trying new approaches creates a thrilling and occasionally terrifying experience, but in the end you find the work is expressive and evokes atmosphere. Life is meant to be fun, and the artistic process and final result to be enjoyed.” - Kate Marr