Louisa J Simpson

I am a freelance artist working in Staffordshire. I have painted all my life and I studied Art and Design at Derby University before deciding on following an academic route and becoming a lecturer. During this time I continued to paint and I had numerous commissions, but in 2013 the opportunity arose that enabled me to fulfil my dream of becoming a full time artist. My collections are mainly still lifes, because I love painting the strong patterns and shapes that enable me to combine a traditional style with abstract qualities.  From my paintings you will see a detailed approach to my work which is achieved by using the highest quality materials. I often use one of the finest brushes, 0/2 brushes to add detail, whether it is a dew drop on a leaf , or a pattern on a damask table cloth. In addition, I always use Winsor and Newton fine detailed canvases which I first prepare by sanding and then applying a primer to achieve the smoothest of surfaces. At no extra cost to you, all my original paintings are professionally framed in a neutral, contemporary frame that will compliment any setting.

I am lucky enough to live and be brought up very close to the Derbyshire countryside., in the United Kingdom. I like to think that the beautiful colours found in nature are reflected in my paintings and I often find inspiration from the strong shapes of flowers. I particularly admire the work of Georgia O'Keefe and I too use a detailed approach and I find the close up cropping and the unusual viewpoint combines a realistic and abstract approach to my work. I initially started out painting still lifes, but I wanted to grab the viewers' attention and offer a different take on this traditional genre. Once I started painting glass objects I loved the way the colours, usually from a floral subject were picked up in the glass and would resonate throughout the canvas and create unusual and intriguing patterns. I started to think how else I could adapt these techniques which has led me to paint my 'Reflections in water' range. Some of my designs in this range are inspired by my visit to the Conservatory at the Pavillion gardens in Buxton, Derbyshire or nearby Aquariums, where the light from a skylight and running water added to the movement on the surface.

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