I rediscovered my love for painting which was forever present growing up. It has now become a daily habit as I lock various themes and subjects on canvas, using oils.
My works are described as loose and spontaneous. I use bold brushwork along colour, textures and light to contribute to the overall mood and atmosphere but leave room for interpretations for viewers to extract their own meaning using their personal experience.
I am constantly on a hunt for different compositions wherever I am and combine them with local workshops the I attend regularly including En plein air sessions to extend my studio outdoors.
As an artist I observe mainly land and seascapes through moods, preserving them on canvas to express what, to me, is evocative of that particular place and time. It relates to the importance of making permanent these otherwise volatile emotions. I observe my environment closely to pick specific scenery that conveys abstract feelings. My work is sensitive to composition, line, texture, colour and boldness of brush stroke, which come together to project the energy that I reflect and try to capture on canvas.
An art tutor by profession, I couple my academic background with daily practice, which is vital to achieve meaningful results. I have many interests and due to my curiosity I spread my work into various fields.
Currently working in oils, I find other media suited for specific moods. Invariably my work is executed quickly, accurately and confidently to capture as much of the energy as possible.
Most of my landscapes contain no life form, facilitating interpretation and further absorption of the painting’s mood. Form, tone, colour, line, texture, composition and subject all come together to help me achieve the final result. In the rare occasions where human form is present, it invites the viewer to delve deeper into the human experience whether it is solitude, pain, despair or happiness.
My paintings are visual voices of personal experiences, happy or otherwise but nonetheless worthy of translation onto canvas.
Appreciation by Dr. Charlene Vella