Emma Forrester graduated in 1993 with a degree in FIne Art from Liverpool University. She formerly worked as a scenic artist in the theatre on many West-End shows and Royal Opera House producitons. She is now concentrating on creating and exhibiting her own paintings.
Her recent works, including many still lives, bear an expressive use of line to portray everyday objects such as vases and tea-cups. An appreciation of pattern and form has been fundamental in creating these works. Looking at the infulence of textiles on the work of Matisse has provided great inspiiration.
Shes says of her work, "I am drawn to beautiful forms whether they are man-made or natural. My aim is to show my appreciation of the simple beauty of such objects by their sensitive portrayal in my paintings.
In my work I'll often draw and paint the forms many times, scratching and scraping through to previous layers to create a broadly descriptive, but beautiful image. My aim is not to 'copy' th object in paint, but ratehr to describe and celebrate what I see with mark making skills that have developed into my personal style as an artist."
In some of her most recent pieces she tenderly draws and paints pattern over objects, which then spills over intothe background thus flattening out the picture plane. THis transforms what could be a simply representational still life into a thoughtful and delicate abstract piece of work, exuding balance and harmony.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of the pottery industry, she and her family have a life-long appreciation of ceramics. The celebraton of this once greta British industry is hopefully apparent in this recent body of work.