I am a self-taught artist with a Graduate Diploma in Art History and Curatorship. My creative energy has always followed many paths; from drawing and painting, to photography and sculpture. Each field gives me a different way of expressing and exploring how I see the outer world as well as my inner world of thoughts and dreams.
In painting I now usually like to work in a combination of acrylic and oil paints as it gives me plenty of scope for experimentation in textures and building depth. I enjoy using white marble for my sculptures due to the fine texture and translucent quality it can bring to a piece.
In terms of subject matter, I am currently drawn to portraiture as well as abstract pieces. People interest me and I found myself looking closely at expressions; the meaning behind a look, a stare and wondering if I could begin to capture some of that with my paintbrush, as well as with my camera lens. I like to slowly build up a face on canvas by “chiselling in” the features, by that I mean I use my paintbrush to leave chisel-like marks that build up the colours and tones of a face; in this way I feel as if I am sculpting with paint. Just as each stroke of a mallet on a chisel is not done light-heartedly, each mark I leave behind with a paintbrush has had much consideration go into it.
My abstract paintings are inspired by what I see in the world around me, and sometimes from my quiet inner world too. I simplify elements from nature to highlight certain aspects, depending on my idea behind the painting.
In the future I plan to continue with both portraiture and abstract paintings and to expand on my painting techniques – after all, a brush laden with oil paint is marvellous to behold and it’s future on canvas is manifold.
All images are copyright © Violette Grosse. All rights reserved. Copying or altering of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited. Displaying the work with my name and a link back to my Redbubble page would be welcome though.