"...the Norfolk and Suffolk landscape, both coastal and inland, holds an irresistible fascination for me and I am inspired to capture this inexhaustible source of inspiration in my paintings".
My work is inspired by the love of the Waveney Valley, bordering the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, particularly the river valley at Earsham and Bungay, and the inexhaustible variety of coastal scenery at places like Dunwich and Covehithe - areas I have known all my life.
Working in oil on canvas, I have a grounding in traditional landscape painting while my current output sees me developing my personal style using paint manipulation techniques such as dripping, blotting and splattering. This spontaneous way of working embraces my love of the spirit of chance and randomness - seize the happy accident!
My 30 year history in graphic design, photography and illustration manifests itself in the way that I frame and develop each piece, with a tightly designed final image and details sometimes picked out in gold leaf giving a decorative twist.
Many of my working methods were developed while studying at Wimbledon School of Art and Kingston University, including a love of printmaking which I also incorporate in my work. Currently I am working on developing my practice in different directions and exploring a range of ideas and concepts resulting from my studies on a recent MA Fine Art course at Norwich University of the Arts. Experimenting with materials such as sand and fire as well as facing the challenge of controlling the process of rusting on metal has become a main feature of my investigations.
The influence of synesthesia is a permanent feature of my work, influencing the way I see colour in my painting - especially when combined with my music compositions.
I work on about ten to fifteen paintings at any one time - all in different stages of development and all beginning with a series of random and unplanned sessions of splashing, dripping and blotting. This continues until I am happy with the canvas and am ready to take it to the next stage - that of bringing in more traditional painting methods in areas like skylines, water and distant views between the trees, and generally introducing the context, refining colours and so on.
Over 350 works are held in private collections and I have exhibited extensively locally and nationally, with many successful shows. I am also a member of several Art Collectives and Organisations such as Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle (Vice Chair), Hareleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective, East22 Collective (founder member), and Easterly Artists.
In addition to working as an artist, I am also a photographer, illustrator and graphic designer as well as an electronic music composer and recording artist. More about this can be seen on the 'audio projects' page.
Harleston & Waveney Art Trail Collective
Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle
Art2Arts online gallery
Ally Zawadzki (Marriner)
blog - 'Power, Passion and Whimsy'