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Artist's StatementOriginally a figurative painter, I am now using oils with cold wax medium, which enables a freer, more experimental style, from which my work is currently becoming more abstract and explorative. I am increasingly drawn to marks and texture both of natural elements and of the touch of people passing through. My work also reflects my experiences, both emotional and physical, of travelling in new and varied landscapes and habitats which have had a profound effect on me, alongside the continuing impact of the local Fenland environment.
I love painting the human face, a never ending challenge of light, planes, contours, of capturing mood and character.
I am a member of Cambridge Drawing Society and OuseLife.
I'm looking forward to exhibiting again with Riverside Arts, weekends 8/9th and 15/16th July, at the New from Old furniture workshop. Easy parking, beautiful location.
Art SubjectsAbstract, Landscape, Portrait, Nature, Fens
Caroline Forward's Portfolios
Surface and Texture
I love surface and texture because I am fascinated by what they hold, above and below, externally, internally, and in the layers in between. Marks carved into stone, inscriptions left behind, lines in rocks, all hold secrets, the history lived, the mystery, the presence and absence of people.
Water and Landscape
I am moved by natural surroundings, the magnificence of nature in its tiny details and vast expanses. I am fortunate to have travelled to some beautiful parts of the world. Wherever I travel I take my sketchbook so I have drawings which I refer to back in the studio.
I take my impressions and experiences from my wanderings, whether it is the minute pattern and position of a twig in the grass, the magnificence of a sunrise or sunset, or further afield the rugged beauty of a salt lake or imposing volcano.
The human face fascinates me, capturing light, planes, contours, capturing mood and character, and where possible exploring the interconnectedness of person and place. Regular life drawing informs my practice.
During lockdown I painted three portraits of NHS workers, as part of "Portraits for NHS Heroes", an instagram initiative set up by portraitist Tom Croft. One of my portraits was selected for publication in the Portraits for NHS Heroes book.