'A View Of My Own'
The John Leach Gallery is delighted to welcome Louise Waugh for an exhibition of her latest work this Spring...
'My paintings come from a delight in the visual world around me. I have no particular theme except for choosing something that excites me and a love of the natural world, like the shapes and colours that I see in a landscape - sometimes with a human element included for a narrative. I feel particularly drawn to Cornwall, to the sea and to wild places where I go off to paint as often as possible. A recent trip to Italy last year also proved to be very inspiring.
Creating art has always been core to my being. From my early days studying etching in Granada, Spain, I have always taken the path of the artist which defines who I am. I began exhibiting age 20 and my first exhibition was at the then 'Bristol Arts Centre' where I exhibited large woodcuts and linocuts.
I am now based in a rural studio in West Somerset, painting primarily in oil and acrylic. My joy is to be out, whatever the weather, with my sketchbook and a small box of watercolours and pencils, taking down the scene as I see it. Sometimes the sketches lay dormant in a book for years and then I decide to reignite the remembered moment of when I first drew them. Sketching is an essential part of the process for me, the image is instantly imprinted on the mind, something that can’t be achieved by looking through a lens. Once I have the beginnings I return to my studio and infuse the subject with my imagination and the colour palette of my choice. I am not interested in being representational but instead expressing the essence of what I am depicting.
I have been an artist all my life and have exhibited in the U.S.A, Spain ,Italy, London and the South West of England.'
Exhibition opens Saturday 24th March 2018
Gallery open Monday - Saturday, 9-1, 2-5 (inc bank holidays)