Berry Artist of the Week – VIRGINIA BAKER-WOOLF

Updated: Dec 19, 2019


How long have you been an artist?

12 years


How did you get involved?

After the tragic and devastating death of my father in 2007 I became extremely ill, firstly with pneumonia, and after, unable to regain normal health. Being unwell for an extended period of time, a friend suggested I try a painting class for a distraction. This became a life changing decision. It was in this class I began a piece of work called Constellations which received very positive feedback. What initially started as an activity to help me manage chronic illness became a whole story of its own. My own experience is that, beyond any doubt, art heals.


Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones

No


What do you love about art? What is your motivation?

I love Everything! I love colour, patterns, rough-hewn surfaces, lines and shapes. I love creating.


How would you describe your style?

My style is very spontaneous, very in the moment.


Who/what are your influences?

Modern abstract art.


What are some of your favourite personal works?


Cascades
The Truth of the Matter

What is your creative process?

I approach every piece of work with “beginner’s mind” – it doesn’t matter what I do because I can use every mark - planned and accidental. There is no such thing as a mistake. Every mistake is a drop of learning. Every mark is important and affects the story of the other marks. This has proven to become a very interesting, free, layering process which I still use.

When I’m painting everything else takes a back seat. Painting has brought me flow and freedom in a way that nothing else has. I work in acrylic and mixed media, fascinated by the interplay of texture, structure, colour and line. My works are crafted through an intuitive, felt sense of design and structure, spontaneous markings, textures, worn and scratched surfaces and multiple layering’s in acrylic paint, charcoal, oil stick and other mixed media.

I am constantly challenging myself and experimenting. Often I don’t know what I’m going to paint until I actually paint it. I love to experiment. I usually have a good idea of the colours I might use, and I may have some design ideas, but the rest is mostly unknown. It’s done in the moment. The artist makes her own rules and choices through often complicated journeys.


What are your goals?

To experiment, learn and grow

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