I love doing commissions! Many artists quiver at the mere thought of painting for someone else but I have been really lucky and had some fantastic horses to paint and some lovely clients who are happy for me to put my handwriting into my portrait work. In my defence of that I always make sure that anyone that enquires about commissions are aware of my work, and happy with my style BEFORE I take the work and they commit to parting with any money.
That said there is nothing more exhilarating than letting oneself go on a blank canvas without the constraints of capturing a likeness or being concerned with detail.
With that in mind, and a New Years resolution to sell more work under my belt I am on a mission to find 'my voice'. I have always been turned on by colour. It really excites me, and when I am looking for inspiration it is always the high key palettes that grab my attention. And so it is that I explore colour through the subject of the horse, and the medium of oil paint. I am exploring pattern, shape, mark making, minimal brushstrokes, layers, and movement all in the name of abstraction.
The study above is the first of a series of smaller works (30x30cm) which are about power and speed. I love watching horse racing and have always wanted to try and capture a race - the colours of the jockeys silks are I guess a cheap attraction, but the excitement and adrenalin rush are hard to beat! And so how do I try and convey those emotions through art....I am going to have a jolly good try!
All my new work will be shown at Exhibitions throughout 2019 unless they sell first, in which case I shall be busy replacing them!
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My name is Alison Stafford and I have been painting seriously for about ten years. Primarily concerned with animal art I paint for commission and for myself...always learning, always striving, experimenting. I take a brave approach to my work and celebrate the disasters as well as the successes! I hope you will follow my journey - feel free to leave comments...constructive is nice :)