Caroline Frood NEAC
I am drawn to the beauty and diversity of organic forms found both in the garden and landscape. Removing plants from their habitat and bringing them into the studio prompts an array of questions. How the objects are presented is like a piece of theatre; the context, compositional arrangement, colour, light and handling of the paint all have a role to play in the finished piece. Subtle variations in any of them can have dramatic consequences. As the work progresses there is a constant re-appraisal of all these elements.
With landscape everything is in a state of constant flux, due to growth, the weather and seasonal change. The artist is constantly chasing something elusive. However, sitting in a wood or on a hill can be an immersive an awe-inspiring experience.
The paintings are all made using oil paint on primed linen.
The work is arrived at through close, sustained and direct observation over weeks, sometimes months. It is a process of correction and amendment until the painting consolidates into a harmonious and unified image.
1963 Born 11 May
1991 to 94 Royal Academy Schools
1985 to 88 Brighton Polytechnic
Lives and works in Devon
2006 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize (runner-up)
1997 Cheltenham Open Drawing (runner-up)
1994 Tooth Travel Award
1994 Landseer Scholarship
1994 Eric Kennington Award
1994 Arthur Hacker Award
1993 British Institution Fund
2012 to 16 Russell Gallery, Putney
2016 Mark Jerram Gallery, Sherborne
2009 to 10 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
2008 to 09 Petley Fine Art, London
2004 to 06 & 08 Royal Society of Portrait Painters