‘Skate The Rainbow’ is painted using oil and acrylic on canvas. It is a medium sized painting on an artist’s high quality Windsor and Newton 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.
The work is inspired by my love water and places of pleasure - sometimes real and sometimes imagined. The painting is based on several different locations. I wish to take something partly familiar and imbue it with humour, colour and joy. I try to create places I would like to go or remind me of places I may have been in dreams or visit in my childhood. In this case I reference vintage photos from the 60s and add modern elements and animals and adjust the colours. The wilder and more fantastical the better for me. Painting is my medium to explore fantasy and imagination.
When I first moved down to Brighton before I had the kids my husband and I got really into skating with the @brighton street skate...it was great fun skating all over Brighton and practising on the seafront. When Lois O Hara made wavey I knew I needed to use it as aback drop for a painting as I just adore her work and the way street art like Lois's enhances the environment we live in. When I went up the i360 it was the thing I most noticed. My kids love running around playing on it too.
Skate The Rainbow
Oil and acrylic on deep edge cotton canvas.