Lagoon by Caroline Ashwood
Lagoon by Caroline Ashwood

“I work as a full time artist from a Yorkshire art studio where I get physical with the paint and canvas. My work is visceral and spontaneous. When I paint, I rely entirely on my instincts. Using my hands to work the paint washes around the surface, I continually move the artwork back and forth to keep the colours flowing. Eventually I reach a point where I allow the paint to take the control so that I can revel in the prospect of the paint surprising me yet again.”

This is how Caroline Ashwood describes her creative process and when we look at Lagoon, we see precisely that: spontaneity, a distinctive style and colourfulness.

There is a close relationship between colour, line and texture which gives the artwork rhythm and harmony. Part of the new abstract landscapes series, Lagoon is inspired by summer garden flowers and it is created with multiple bright washes over a textured background in the artist’s signature style. The colours are bright and pleasing to the eyes, from pink and turquoise to magenta and yellow.

“I am constantly exploring the relationship between colour, light and form. Even though it was drilled into me in my earliest formal art studies that drawing and draughtsmanship are of critical importance to serious artistic endeavour, it was only when I ventured away from literal points of reference that I began to discover the visceral impact to be enjoyed in the luminance, shapes and hues of glorious nature,” concludes the artist.