Sian bennett is an artist who trained at Camberwell School of Art and has exhibited at a range of venues across London and the south of England. Here she explains the context of her work.
My latest series of paintings is a celebration of Kentish landscape and Kentish and East Sussex gardens especially Great Dixter.
I am inspired by the colours and forms of summer gardens and meadows which are so full of life. These qualities I translate into my paintings and thus produce works full of gaiety and bursting with colour which remind me of butterfly wings.
My painting process causes me to eliminate any element that fails to contribute to the main feeling and I therefore select the elements that reinforce it. For example in my “Rain in the Garden” painting I saw from my sketch book that drops of rain bounced up off the ground and looked like crowns or jester hats, so I selected this element to reinforce the sense of gaiety in the painting.
In previous work and in my current work I see my painting as a refining process where I try out different techniques in order to disregard some and include others. This practice of elimination enables the painting to get closer and closer to a true expression of an inner reality, and a ‘true voice’.