COOK, Wendy

I am an artist who lives and works in Leamington Spa. I paint all sorts of subjects such as portraits, animals, figurative but my main love is painting still-life. I like shapes, colours and light and that is what I am seeing when I pick a subject. My work explores the relationship between Bauhausian sensibilities and recycling culture. With influences as diverse as Rousseau and Joni Mitchell, new combinations are distilled from both simple and complex dialogues. Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of the mind. What starts out as contemplation soon becomes corroded into a carnival of greed, leaving only a sense of decadence and the prospect of a new understanding. As spatial forms become clarified through boundaries and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the outposts of our future. I don’t use any mechanical aids to transfer a likeness on to the canvas so sometimes my images are not quite perfect. I always sketch with paint usually using just 2 colours, raw umber and Alkyd titanium white.

I am totally self taught and have been full time since March 2009.  I have not had any training in art at all except for advice from books about techniques etc.  I particularly enjoy portraiture and still life.  A lot of the subjects that I choose to paint come from images that I have seen, either in films, books, newspapers or in daily life.  If I see an image that I really like then I will attempt to paint it, they never end up looking like the image that I have seen and I am learning to live with that.  Someone once said to me that “if you want to replicate an image exactly then take a photo”; I have to go along with that as my images never seem to be close to the real thing.  My work is mainly sold in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire although I have also sold in Florida, California, Germany and Scotland.