Elaine Forrest

My interest in art has always been part of me. My Education in art began with local art classes, progressing to the Open College of the Arts, through to a 2 year full time course at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh. Culminating in a 4 year degree course at Edinburgh College of Art in 2004 with a B.A. Hons. from the painting department.
My working practice as an artist is difficult to categorise, although I consider myself a painter I am not adverse to using other materials to inform my work. Equally I am aware of Artists’ in Art History but I do not follow slavishly any “Ism’s”, fashions or style I like to think I respond uniquely to the creative moment, while mindful of the work of other artists’.
Depending on the subject matter or concept, I will consider how to make the work from my inspiration and viewpoint, and then present the work to the viewer, that they may bring their own interpretation to the piece.
This method of working means I can consider different materials if I feel they are more relevant than paint.
In common with other artists’ my inspiration is often of a personal nature and is an honest response to my daily experiences.
Images or work may be triggered by the environment I find myself in, by a casual remark, by a word from the local dialect. I may be influenced by a passage in a book or travel, by the banal and everyday, by the weather or season, an event,or a set theme for an exhibition.
Anything and everything can become the inspiration for a piece of Art.
My methods may take the medium of photography, painting, drawing or 3D, the medium itself becomes the means of the narrative.
The unconformity of my working practice means my work is in constant flux, moving in many directions, depending on the concept, unconfined to any one artistic arena. I take heart from the fact that many artists’ before me spent long periods experimenting creatively with their own artistic language, and it is from their inspiration that I take mine.

My interest in art has always been part of me. My Education in art began with local art classes, progressing to the Open College of the Arts, through to a 2 year full time course at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh. Culminating in a 4 year degree course at Edinburgh College of Art in 2004 with a B.A. Hons. from the painting department.

My working practice as an artist is difficult to categorise, although I consider myself a painter I am not adverse to using other materials to inform my work. Equally I am aware of Artists’ in Art History but I do not follow slavishly any "Ism’s", fashions or style I like to think I respond uniquely to the creative moment, while mindful of the work of other artists’.

Depending on the subject matter or concept, I will consider how to make the work from my inspiration and viewpoint, and then present the work to the viewer, that they may bring their own interpretation to the piece.

This method of working means I can consider different materials if I feel they are more relevant than paint.

In common with other artists’ my inspiration is often of a personal nature and is an honest response to my daily experiences.

Images or work may be triggered by the environment I find myself in, by a casual remark, by a word from the local dialect. I may be influenced by a passage in a book or travel, by the banal and everyday, by the weather or season, an event,or a set theme for an exhibition.

Anything and everything can become the inspiration for a piece of Art.

My methods may take the medium of photography, painting, drawing or 3D, the medium itself becomes the means of the narrative.

The unconformity of my working practice means my work is in constant flux, moving in many directions, depending on the concept, unconfined to any one artistic arena. I take heart from the fact that many artists’ before me spent long periods experimenting creatively with their own artistic language, and it is from their inspiration that I take mine.

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