Edinburgh artist Sheila Chapman new exhibition ‘Forests, Kids and Nature’ is now open. We asked Sheila to tell us about the inspiration behind the works on show.
“I am inspired by nature and am interested in the way in which people experience and connect with nature in our busy modern world, especially children like my own who are growing up in the city
“I love colour and the fluidity of paint and trying to capture the richness of life in painted texture and marks. At the start of each work, I use very fluid acrylic paint in pools and runs: I tilt the surface around to let the paint flow naturally in its own paths, while at the same time trying to coax it into shapes capturing the character of the subject. As the painting progresses I often switch to water-based oil paint to give richness and depth to the colours, and achieve greater detail and texture.
“Painting for me is a way of distilling experience and thinking about life. The natural environment interests me as a living, changing organism which will always affect people’s lives and which people, in turn, will always affect. I wonder how important the environment will become in the not too distant future and what it will ultimately mean to all of us.”
Sheila Chapman is a Scottish artist based in Edinburgh. She recently completed the BA Combined Studies degree at Edinburgh College of Art and is now a practising artist, specialising in painting and drawing.
Sheila’s exhibition ‘Forests, Kids & Nature’ continues at Embo Deli, Edinburgh until 8th March 2017.