Joan Scott – Artist’s Statement

Personal Statement

The inspiration for my paintings usually comes from the Dorset countryside and coast.

I paint abstract and semi-abstract compositions with acrylic on canvas, and more figurative works in collage and mixed media. My watercolour paintings often become more interesting with the addition of other media. Combining colours in paintings is exciting and results in unique compositions – sometimes lively and sometimes calm. Close inspection of the surface reveals specks of apparently unrelated colour which, at a distance, blend seamlessly but add depth to the composition.

I studied Fine Arts at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth (now AUB). I was the overall winner of the CADarts Open Exhibition in July 2007, and have had paintings selected for Exhibitions at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, and the Mall Galleries, London (the Discerning Eye 2003 and Society of Women Artists 2009/2010). I have taken part in selected exhibitions at Mottisfont Abbey, Dorchester County Museum, the Russell Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Country Park, the Acanthus Gallery, Wareham, the Town Mill, Lyme Regis and the White Stones Café Gallery, Portland. My work is in private collections around the world.

Techniques – mixed media

I start by arranging pieces of collage with varying textures and related colours on my chosen support and when I am happy with the composition I glue this in place. Some of my collage material is created using acrylic paint on plain and textured paper or card, and I collect more from other sources. This gives me the opportunity to incorporate traces of original colour and add different textures or layers to the image. Some paintings have other additions applied such as texture paste.

I like to use slightly unusual methods of working such as spraying dilute acrylic ink with a diffuser and sometimes ‘draw’ with the edge of a piece of mountboard dipped in ink. Oil pastels and crayons can be used to increase or decrease the effect of colours already applied or add depth to the composition. Some paintings are softened with white gouache sprayed from a toothbrush.