We just spent a long weekend huddling for warmth at our little shared beach shack, so today, I needed something that looked like I wanted to feel: Summery. And that is how we got to the marvelous oil paintings of London-based artist, Carole Nataf.
“I am inspired to paint the intimacy of my surroundings and the attraction that absorbing places, stirring people and tantalizing objects exercise on me. As a plein air painter, I favor immediate contact with my subject. However, I do venture painting after digital photography and explore the frustration of its artificial format in my recent portraits. I approach the creative process as construction work, where simplified shapes are juxtaposed without blending to assemble a landscape, a body or a face. I apply thick brushstrokes onto a wet surface to obtain a rich and juicy texture and to manifest the tangible physical presence of my subject imposing itself.”Carole Nataf Artist’s Statement