Rachel Jeffery Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
I'm a full time artist having graduated at Falmouth School of Art in 1998 . I live in Cornwall . My work is Contemporary Modern , accessibley abstract in style . I use mixed media and innovative techniques. Mostly Inspired by landscape or the figure often moving towards abstraction .
I work from my art studio at home . I draw a lot to hone my skills and attend life drawing classes weekly at Newlyn art school . My work starts with an idea which often comes from a response to the visual and then I either draw or photograph it and often use photo shop to manipulate and play around with the composition and colour . These are then all pinned up around me so I can explore my emotional responses on canvas . Immeresd as I am in the art world , I find that my best ideas come to me at the point just before sleep so I keep a notebook beside my bed to keep a record of the ideas that arrive .
I aim to create work that promotes you too respond emotionally , from the gut . Emotional responses of intrigue and delight are refreshing in such a busy intense world . Stop look and breath in the drama . I want my work to draw you in , to not give you all of the details but to encourage you to search . Often those whom have purchased my work tell me that they are still responding to them in new ways . Im more interested in the ooohs and Aarghs !
I also love to respond to the classic discipline of life drawing . I prefer ambiguity and I am fascinated by the diversity of viewers responses . I made a group of paintings and prints inspired by the idea that it is natural for us to look something recognisable , especially in an image which at first denies them clarity , for example , people often say , "OOH , look there's an eye or there's a face ". This has a name, Paradolia - I look for Inspiration nature , especially in woodlands and Rock forms on my local beaches , to explore this idea .