Jackie Richardson
My preferred medium is soft pastels because of their intense colour, versatility, immediacy and texture

My preferred medium is soft pastels because of their intense colour, versatility, immediacy and texture

My preferred medium is soft pastels because of their intense colour, versatility, immediacy and texture, enabling me to become more self-expressive. I have discovered that by blending and layering pastel pigment, I can physically mould my pictures to create a three-dimensional image with a rich velvety texture.

Vibrant colour and strong forms are predominant features of my work. I am particularly interested in simplifying the subject and at the same time, enhancing it. I achieve this through the use of shape, colour, light and composition. By exaggerating reality and creating ambiguity, I want to evoke a reaction from the viewer.  Encouraging them to appreciate and question what is around them, ultimately to be thrilled by life itself and enhance feelings of optimism.

My favourite subjects change over time and flowers were my main focus initially, because of their rich, vibrant colours and curvaceous lines. More recently I have been excited by buildings and perspective, and I am enjoying focusing on the rural landscape again. 

The natural beauty that surrounds me and love of individual subjects have always been my motivation and inspiration for painting. The bulbous shapes and vivid colours of the hills, lanes and sea of south Devon have always held a particular fascination for me. Having a small studio close to the beach gives me ample opportunities to capture some of this. 

The influence of the curvaceous Devon landscape also comes through in my work based on the human form. Flattening space and integrating the figure in the background creates its own fascination. The negative space being as important as the positive space creates a fusion of forms and inevitable ambiguity. 

I love to escape into a world which is full of optimism and opportunity, and where I have control.  My paintings are pared down to reveal their strength in shape, colour and form, so everything has to be tight and perfect. I most enjoy the experimental stage of working out which elements to include and which to leave out.

I am inspired by many artists including; Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keefe, Sandra Blow, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Michael Craig Martin. I find that my sources of inspiration are forever changing as my work evolves.