Linda (Clowes) Harrison
I am a colourist, using soft pastel and oil paint both traditionally and experimentally, on various supports such as handmade papers, plain, prepared or textured card, canvas and fabric.
I enjoy the direct application of the pure pigments, the response to the surfaces they connect with, and their amazing qualities of colour, immediacy and malleability. I find soft pastels forgiving and playful; oils, tolerant and responsive.
Both media seem to offer endless opportunities for experimentation with the tensions between harmony and conflict, design and balance.
I work on several projects simultaneously, both to transfer inspiration and protect against inhibition or preciousness!
I enjoy leaving an element of mystery in my finished work, by not providing a complete explanation……..I aim for the viewer’s interpretation to be both personal, unique and discussable.
Influences include the Scottish Colourists, the Impressionists, – and a mania for found objects.
2012 Digital Photography, Open University
2008 MA. Contemporary Fine Art Practice, Leeds Metropolitan University
2003 BA. Hons. 2:1. Open University
Leeds Fine Artists, Exhibiting member
East Street Arts, Leeds, member
Central Art Studios, studio holder, Keighley
Art on the Square artists’ collective, Pop Up Gallery Spaces