Anya Simmons

@anyasimmonsart

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Polperro Harbour

Honesty Love 1

Mevagissey Harbour

Biography

I strive to give my audience the romance or memory of a scene/landscape which is recognised as real but does not always have a physical location. I seek to tap into a positive nostalgic memory.

inspiration

My work is profoundly influenced by beautiful landscapes and seascapes across Britain. I enjoy working with a variety of mixed media to create colourful, textural pieces of art. Within my works, I strive to give my audience the romance or memory of a scene/landscape which is recognised as real but does not always have a physical location. I seek to tap into a positive nostalgic memory.

medium

I begin a picture by laying down the textures first and then consider how to develop the painting in terms of colour. I start with collage rather than paint, and so immediately there are surface contrasts that will influence the way that a painting is developed.
I like to begin applying the Gesso to Mount Board in a fairly spontaneous way. I apply Gesso using a variety of tools and techniques, creating random shapes, movement and textures with the Gesso. Although, I will have a particular place or scene in mind before I begin, I do not allow this to dominate the painting process.
I mainly use acrylic inks, which add to the vibrancy and intensity of colour that can be achieved. I use the Acrylic inks rather like using water colour, building up the picture with layers of washes over my textures. I love them!

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All pictures gratefully reproduced by permission from Linda Scannell, 
Stefan Hanegraaf, David Fawbert, Theodora Philcox and Cat Hamilton.
 
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