Born in Salisbury in 1971 Louise gained her degree in Fine Art from Digby Stuart College, Roehampton, London (University of Surrey) in 1992 and PGCE Art and Drama University of Exeter 1994.
After living and working in London, Exeter and Bournemouth, Louise returned to her hometown of Salisbury in 2009. Her studio looks out across the Woodford valley over to Old Sarum. De...er, hares, badgers and pheasants are frequent visitors to her garden providing a constant source of inspiration. The animals roaming in the New forest bring further source material.
Louise is inspired by the colour and light in nature. Her dynamic use of colour combines traditional naturalism with a contemporary twist. Her expressive animal paintings on natural linen pop off the canvas with a pleasing juxtaposition of vibrant colour on neutral tones.
Louise exhibits in public spaces, art fairs and exhibitions across the UK.
I create oil paintings inspired by nature. I combine naturalism with expressive colour to create something beautiful, quirky and a joy to look at. I absolutely love to paint, and I love where I live, so my work is a reflection of the world I see around me.
I like exploring nature’s tensions - the animal is still but it could go at any second, the sunset is beautiful but soon it will be dark. I capture a moment in nature for a lifetime on canvas.
Inspiration from nature enables me to create something beautiful for the viewer to enjoy.
My work is created from a combination of quick and spontaneous observation sketches in addition to photographs and other reference pieces. Once back in the studio I surround myself with my sketches. The process begins formally, ensuring structure, focusing on composition and contrasts. This is developed with layers of colour and transparent glazes creating a joyous depth that invites the viewer inside.
I work light over dark and thick over thin. Essentially what that means is the start of the work will have diluted washes of burnt umber or French ultramarine. This first layer will mark the piece out, whether it's the structure of an animal's face or the horizon line and features in a landscape. As the next layers build up, the selection of colour and dictates the heat, mood, energy of the painting. After that it's about creating a piece that the viewer understands, something they want to linger over a little longer
I use very traditional methods of oil painting, starting with a formal structure of the work, focusing on either the horizon or the eyes; I build around those key areas. Only in the final layers can I allow myself the real freedom in light and colour. The splashes and flashes are painted over on a strong foundation.