Louise discovered her talent for art and design at school,
where she specialised in screen printing. Having completed
an Art Foundation Course at Portsmouth College of Art, she
embarked on a 4 year Degree in Media and Production Design
at the London College of Printing. After graduation in 1991
she spent several months travelling around Central America,
which was to have a strong influence on her distinctive use
of both colour and shape. Returning from her travels, Louise
settled into a career in graphic design back in London.
Although her creative talent was effective in the commercial
world, Louise was keen to strike out as a designer and artist
in her own right, and spent her free time producing handmade
cards and illustrations which were successfully sold through
a number of retail outlets including Harvey Nichols. She also
undertook a number of commissions for corporate Christmas
cards. Then in May 1997 she moved to Hampshire and decided
to go it alone as a full-time professional artist.
Over the past five years Louise has developed a style of
painting which, although expressive, is firmly rooted in her
design background. Her high-impact oils on board are predominantly
figurative; they encapsulate the energy and buzz of a crowded
scene in a manner that is both stylised and beautifully observed.
The great love of the sea which took her back to the South
Coast is reflected throughout her work, but we can also see
a great affection for human interaction in a variety of social
and public situations.
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