Having travelled to, and lived in, many parts of the world  I have seen people and places that inspired me to paint. I wish to show how much beauty and wonder there is in the world, even in everyday objects, people and animals. I am moved by people’s expressions, and try to capture their thoughts and feelings. I get a thrill from the challenge of securing a likeness, seeking out the smallest detail and responding to it with sensitivity, delicacy, and bringing that person to life on my paper.

I paint landscapes and portraits that convey strong feelings as I wish to elicit an emotional response as well as understanding and empathy. I use bold colours to create the emotion, overemphasizing the beautiful colours around us that are so often taken for granted.

Mostly I paint in the studio using reference photos gathered from my travels and from around my home. I use the paint to give a realistic and glowing quality to my paintings, and am able to create texture, depth and transparency as well as boldness and light to balance the paintings.

Follow Marion Derrett on Artfinder