Laura Hughes

Oil on Canvas
[48 x 36]
Contemporary realism painting

Media: Painting

Vernon Street Studios
6 Vernon Street

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Artist Statement

I embrace painting as a way to create beauty through the bold use of color and design. As a Contemporary Realist Painter, oil is my preferred medium, and large scale still life compositions my subject of choice. Through still life compositions, I am able to control subject matter to maximize and depict the interplay of light and color. The sensuality of texture and color provide great inspiration. Rather than depict objects as exact renditions, I choose to maximize effect by using bold color contrasts and energized paint strokes. Each painting begins with an idea that is inspired by either an object or piece of fabric. I design the composition around the original inspiration in order to create balance through theme, color or content. The composition is first rendered on canvas through a light charcoal sketch. Once the drawing is exact, the painting begins. I paint wet into wet in order to maximize the vibrancy of the paint. I work through a painting methodically in sections completing an object/background in totality before moving to the next area of the canvas. I never re-work a section of the canvas that has been painted as I find the result detracts from the richness of the original surface. I work on only one painting at a time to maintain focus and energy.