Libby works with her eyes wide shut! She uses pastels because of the strength and resonance of their colours and because they allow me to build up a history, depth and texture of experience whilst working towards the surface of the image. She tries to subjectify my objectives and vice versa.
On the whole Libby uses pastels as her preferred medium but is quite prepared to use anything that will make a mark i.e. pencils, crayons, charcoal, felt-tips and acrylic, water and fixative to get a more painterly, brushy feel. She usually works on paper but occasionally on canvas. Libby works directly onto the support without preliminary sketching, in order to build up a history of meaning. This informs the final result, whilst letting in the viewer. She likes to work on more than one piece at a time and also on different sizes in order to sustain spontaneity and freshness to prevent getting too comfortable and reverting to clichés. Libby invariably works standing up, primarily to keep an immediate physical connection with the subject and the image. If she takes on a commission she can affect it quite quickly but need to have a good idea what is being asked for and how much freedom she can assume.
1944 Born in Cambridge
1990-94 Obtained Diploma in Fine Art and Printmaking
2007 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
Association of Midland Artists
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition
Earl of Smith, Warickshire
The Red Dot Gallery, Wales
The Machado Gallery ,Warickshire
Warwick University LibraryCourcoux and Courcoux Gallery, Hampshire
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Feature in ‘Pastel International’