‘Pink Palms, Venice is painted using oil and acrylic on canvas. It is a medium sized painting on an artist’s high quality canvas stretcher which is warp resistant.
The painting is made using large brushstrokes and the texture of the paint and brush marks are visible on the surface of the canvas. It is painted using a combination of oil and acrylic paint which gives it extreme vibrancy and shine in some areas.
Following a trip to LA last September (a lifelong dream!!) to exhibit works at the Other Art Fair, I took a walking tour through Venice. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like as I was my first trip and I had only ever seen it in photographs, which I had looked at time and time again to draw inspiration for my work. The colours found in old fifties and sixties photographs really inspired my palette and worked so well with my love of colour.
I’m also drawn to skate culture and the fun and quirkiness of seaside places. I walked down the boardwalk and just loved the silhouettes the palms give on the seafront. The palms themselves are icons of Venice and provide this legendary backdrop for the skaters. As I was taking photographs there were lots of people working with photographers taking selfies and arranging photoshoots of themselves. I also loved the little dots of colour provided by the graffiti and murals beneath the trees and wanted to introduce this into the work.
PINK PALMS, VENICE
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Oil and acrylic on deep edge cotton canvas.