Over the years I have attempted most subjects but have always maintained a preference for still life. I find it fascinating to collect together a few simple domestic objects from around my home, select a limited palette and create a spontaneous piece of work. I love the challenge of exploring ways of portraying my chosen subject matter in a contemporary way. A few chosen objects can provide me with endless possible interpretations and compositions. I now work mainly in oils but will experiment from time to time with other mediums and materials.
I have recently been experimenting with larger canvases and have enjoyed the added freedom this has given me to enlarge the content of my compositions and I have also been experimenting with more abstract compositions in mixed mediums which might lead me in another direction.
For a long time I have been inspired by the simplicity of the work of William Scott and the use of colour and pattern by Matisse but my biggest influence has been the work of Mary Fedden. I love the way she combined landscape with still life in her work.
I have exhibited widely throughout Hampshire and have won several awards over the years for my work and In 2014 I exhibited with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London.
If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website www.twoj.org/joanwillingham