ABOUT

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I am an allaprima oil painter based in St Margaret’s Bay, along the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent where I grew up inspired by the seascapes of JMW Turner. My work explores colour and light in a contemporary impressionistic style. For Autumn/ Winter 2022 I am working on a new series of gestural landscapes of local scenes however I also love to paint loose, semi abstract florals, figures and portraits. 

I always wanted to go to art school but instead read English literature and History of Art, then I went to law school and ended up in the corporate world of fine art insurance. It was only after the birth of my daughter that I was inspired to come back to painting. Rather than say I’m self taught, my learning has been undertaken through disciplined self study, virtual tuition and under the online mentorship of American artist, Sarah Sedwick. 

I love alla prima, ‘in one sitting’, wet on wet oil painting because it's full of movement and texture, I like efficiency and minimalism which stops me fussing over detail. As the mother of a busy toddler it can be a very stop, start process and my work often reflects that. My main focus is how few brush strokes can I make to tell a story, to capture a memory, a mood, feeling or vibration through an economy of mark making, clean, unified and harmonious colour.  

You can follow my process, inspiration, local exhibits on instagram @kateisaacsonart