“I am fascinated by the qualities of paint, the unending possibilities of colour and colour relationships, and the potential this has to create connections and reactions.”
Charlotte graduated in 1990 from the University of Brighton with a degree in Fine Art, going on to postgraduate study at the Slade School of Art and Central St. Martin’s where she specialised in print. Charlotte’s early involvement with printmaking has informed her practise as a painter. She builds her paintings using layers of paint, imagining each layer (often poured) as a distinct element. Working with acrylics allows each of the layers to dry overnight, giving her the opportunity to remove newly painted layers or elements without affecting the earlier works. Each painting takes several months to complete.
Charlotte often finds inspiration from the places she has travelled to. She is drawn to places of intense atmosphere- colours, noises, smells, and tries to capture each element in her art.
Photographs of these past trips are used as miniature starting points for the much larger compositions. It is during this initial process of experimentation that the images start to become abstracted.