CHRISTINE GREENSLADE artist surrealist/contemporary
The artistic atmosphere in Cornwall when I was young, was vibrant , free,and broke with tradition. .Places like St Ives attracted different types of artists showing a new sense of freedom and outlook. From potters ,sculptors and artists the place was alive with talent. My own love of art, however had to wait . Trained in hotels and eventually running my own interior design company, specialising in hotels and restaurants. Winning awards and recognition for designs in advertising and hotel work as shown in the whos who of the International group hotels.
Eventually, due to a recession, I closed my business ,and travelled with my 12 year old daughter , first to France and then to the Spanish Andulucian mountains . Frustration at my situation drove me at long last to paint. It was as though every part of my being had to be put down in colours, it was cleansing and an adventure all rolled into one. I started to look how other artists painted and tried to learn more. Picasso ,showing the one thing I couldn´t seem to do, simplicity and a sense of joy. He would take his brush and stroke the canvas in a curving line... when he finished, it said it all. Brilliant! So I re thought my approach, making more use of newspaper which I often used in my paintings, this simplicity allowed me to convey a character or a feeling which would normally take tedious hours and often loose its intensity. I then used colour to portray the emotion of the painting. At the moment I am using acrylics and newspaper on board. I hope people will enjoy this new simplicity and see the character of the people portrayed. My life experiences and a crazy unreal imagination, will always hold me in good stead never to be at a loss for new ideas , to keep developing. Imagination is a wonderful thing ,it is forever moving, expanding, changing shape and sometimes almost loosing itself in a oneness, but it is all art .