Gerhard Richter’s paintings have influenced the development of the style of my own work, the process in which he creates interesting marks using a squeegee, and his overpainted photographs lead me to use my own old photographs as a basis for my final paintings. Maggi Hambling’s dynamic mark making and balance of negative space and textural paint use further influenced me when improving my own work, limiting my color palette and avoiding my painting from becoming too overwhelming.
Throughout the year I have aimed to consider fresh ways to create art by really thinking about what I want to achieve in each painting, challenging myself by exploring different ways of working, like limiting myself to only using huge brushes, or a squeegee or a big piece of mdf wood in order to keep with the freedom of expressive mark making. Learning to generate ideas quickly has been an important aspect of the foundation for me and making decisions about the direction of my work and what to focus on is an area I have really had to develop. These processes are probably the biggest challenges throughout my project, but I found that by constantly trying new ideas and listening to feedback from tutors I have overcome them.