Paintings
  • Equilibrium in blue
  • Aprigre
  • Flood fields
  • Rack in blue
  • Fire pit
  • Soft shell

Serena Stevens
Influenced by Turner, Rothko and other American Colour Field painters, seascapes, the wilderness and wide, open spaces, are reflected in often rigid, horizontal lines and bands that form the basis of my painting. Though rarely able to actually immerse myself in such environments, an instinctive desire provokes an emotional response to their remoteness, beauty and fragility. I paint from memory allowing my imagination to bind past or recent experiences of unseen rhythms and nuances into spontaneously and intuitively made abstract and semi- abstract, contemporary landscapes.

The self-reflective nature of my work is frequently expressed through a monochromatic palette and whilst I like to experiment with other mediums my preference is for soft chalk pastel and its sensual tactility. The luminosity of pastel, even when painting subtle hues and minimal blends, results in deep, resonant colour giving my drawings and paintings an intense sense of quietetude in which I seek to reveal the inner life of nature by reducing it to its purest form.

Beginning with a single horizontal line I have no fixed idea about where that line will lead. My paintings are rarely planned but the direction takes a natural path dictated by the material’s random response to my actions. Every new mark explores a different possibility until a crucial point is reached - the process is then controlled and intentional until the desired outcome is finally achieved.

Acting as an imaginary balancing bar, the horizontal line, which has been imprinted on my psyche since childhood and inspired by 1950’s contemporary design expresses expansiveness and order, whilst the addition of vertical strokes and marks suggest barriers still to be overcome. My work is allegorical. Each new piece reveals more than merely shifting patterns of nature; duality, humanity and the perpetual flux of existence emerge for consideration.

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