Artists Caroline Griffin

The very process of oils, or of gouache and pastel, enables me to build my paintings up in considered layers – I start with an idea, but the process sometimes leads me elsewhere. I work less and less from the subject, more frequently from photos, memories, drawings, videos – I find that working this way gives me the freedom to interpret the subject from a distance, not just compositionally but in terms of atmosphere and feeling. My work appears representational but it is always a mix of the literal and the imagination.

Whatever the subject matter, be it landscape or still life – whether painting in oils or working on paper with gouache and pastel – Carolines work is driven by a love of nature, of the seasons, the weather, the patterns in landscape, the atmosphere and the light.