Field Painting [medium] 12.04, oil on canvas, 25 x 25 cm [/medium]

Field Painting 12.04, oil on canvas, 25 x 25 cm

Field Painting [medium] 12.07, oil on canvas on board, 22 x 22 cm [/medium]

Field Painting 12.07, oil on canvas on board, 22 x 22 cm

Flitting [medium] Oil on linen, 20 x 20 cm [/medium]

Flitting Oil on linen, 20 x 20 cm

Indigo (madder red) [medium] Oil on canvas on board, 22 x 22 cm [/medium]

Indigo (madder red) Oil on canvas on board, 22 x 22 cm

Solvitur ambulando is an old Latin phrase meaning ‘you can sort it out by walking’. Working out, finding out, drawing out and drawing through are all possible connotations of the word solvitur. It is through the activity of walking and collecting of found substances and materials that a personal journal or archive becomes embedded in my painting. Raw pigments such as coloured ochres and green earths, plant materials and natural inks act as a starting point for the work. Layers are formed from a continual application and removal of washes of colour. The surface of the work may become heavily incised where I have drawn into the paint, acting intuitively to remembered responses and experiences of time spent in a place. I am inspired by an interest in natural history and the work of both the biologist and the landscape historian, my work engages with the formation of the landscape and the organic materials within it, deriving from a daily connection to the countryside. I am based in Oxford, being part of a group of studios running as a registered charity and am supported by HemingwayArt.My previous projects have involved working with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, as well as the Oxford University Botanic Gardens and Arboretum.

Purple Karen

Date of birth: 08/04/64

Place of residence: Oxfordshire

Profession: Painter

Website: www.karenpurple.net

Email: serena@karenpurple.net