Although seemingly entirely abstract, my paintings are rooted in everyday reality. They elude as an intuitive reaction to my experiences, and the landscape.
I’m heavily influenced by the natural beauty of the land, and so my paintings occur through intuition, instinct and direct observation and experience of the land. ‘Minimal Moments,’ such as the placement of a cloud on a hill or the colours of the sky when the sun is about to set is what inspires me to paint. Through painting in an impressionistic way, I chase after capturing the ‘essence’ of the Welsh/Irish landscape.
To evoke this kind of sensory memory, I apply multiple layers of paint, using urgency, gesture and internal instinct. Traces of previous layers remain visible, which I react to in turn. In this way, a composition is arrived at through a series of decisions that are both conscious and subconscious. With tangible sensitivity to these constantly evolving colours and forms, a very personal abstract language emerges. In turn, they are an ongoing process of addition and subtraction until I feel they have reached a depth and intensity that seems balanced, in harmony.
The Paintings embrace the Philosophy that ‘intention’ is but a small fragment of our consciousness; paint should be about experience rather than a statement of intent.
– Rachel Dunlop
July 2017: This page is a work in progress, please visit my Instagram @radunlop to see my latest work.