karen stamper - original paintings > small paintings

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I am an artist and traveller. I am drawn to new places and boatyards, to the colours and the light of the Mediterranean, and weathered and worn surfaces of the urban shoreline, which are implicit in my art. Life is a collection of experiences; I need to collect, layer and absorb the places I visit, the colours and the country are embedded in my artwork and in me. The visual energy of composition, colour and surface feed my soul.

I draw, collage and paint. My work celebrates the worn surfaces and structures of the urban shoreline: boats, harbours, decorative motifs and lettering. I want to capture the memory of a place and the sense of human presence, echoing the passing of time, increasingly there is a strong abstract element but still with recognisable elements.

I begin in a spontaneous way with cut shapes that relate to my subject.These ideas are taken form my sketchbooks and photographs. Many hours are spent deliberating over arrangements of papers, layers, edges, surfaces. As the pieces begin to link in an interesting way a sense of unity and design develops, the collage is the idea, it is liberating and leads me in new directions.