Clare Bonnell

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Artist Statement

Painting has been an abiding love since childhood. I paint what strikes me in my environment because of a wonderful shape, light, colour or the energy of the space that is encompassed by an object, animate or inanimate. Painting and drawing for me are a way to really know and be in relationship with what is capturing my attention. I feel driven to grasp and express the thrill of the shape, the light, the space, perhaps striving to preserve what time erases.

This figurative approach is derived from tradition in visual art and includes abstraction of images. Each painting will begin to become itself and to refer to itself as it progresses. I use acrylics, charcoal and pencil.

Portraits are a special love but the impetus there is different: it is one of engaging in the magic of capturing a person through both analysis with my eyes and sensing the person with my whole self.




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