Sea and Sky by Anne Popperwell

I am currently working on a series of acrylic paintings of images drawn from the islands where I live. My primary focus in these seascapes and skyscapes is to explore the particular light, stilling for a moment it’s ephemeral and transitory nature.

Light has symbolic meaning – light is our first and primary experience as well as perhaps our last. Light informs our sense of time and place and we often respond emotionally to a particular light; we have associations and memories light in both our waking and dream lives.

My approach to this series is to simplify the composition and to create an interplay between abstraction and figuration, stasis and motion, matter and light.

I use many thin layers of paint, interweaving cool and warm colours, light and dark, transparent and opaque. As I’m interested in painting an ephemeral moment of a particular light, I take photographs and often make small pastels to use as reference material in my studio.