Detail from drawing in progress

Compressed charcoal on paper

Frances Martin - study for revolution series

Compressed charcoal

Bound to you, never forget – ‘dead-in’

Compressed charcoal on paper - 150 x 120cm

In Thought

Indian ink and compressed charcoal - 100 x 70cm

Good hard stare

Compressed charcoal - 80 x 60cm

The Futility of War II

Compressed charcoal - 178 x 118cm

Lying dead

Compressed charcoal - 56 x 105cm

Girl Profile (detail)

Indian ink and charcoal - 90 x 56cm

I have enjoyed a return to figurative work, investigating the ways that the body, or parts of it, can convey different emotions, like hope, or despair.

One focus is on finding tranquility within the subject. I have found that attending the weekly Thursday evening life drawing workshop at Wensum Lodge has fired my thirst for drawing, and I enjoy feeding off the energy and exchange of ideas that happens there.

I love the immediacy of working from life, capturing the essence and physicality of the body’s form with use of gestural mark-making; sometimes using oil bars which can have a rhythm and speed for creating. I aim to give a sense of the person, and also my own state of mind – whether positive or negative at that moment.

My art work has been based on my perceptions, with a focus on form and colour.


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