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'Do not be afraid to disappear to the dark places and to see what comes to you in the silence'

Title of one of my paintings

 

"I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me - and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.”

 

Joan Mitchell

 

Debbie Lawrence is a Brighton based abstract / figurative painter.

Famous for her bold use of colour, texture & depictions of female sea swimmers.

 

Acrylic paint is applied with bold confident brushstrokes onto the canvas.  Other techniques include scratching, sanding and sometimes embroidery to create a desired texture and to build up the many layers that give the paintings depth and interest.

 

Debbie trained as a multi media textile designer and enjoyed a successful freelance career working on many creative projects for years before fulfilling her ambition to be painter.

 

She describes this change of career as a ‘re-wilding’ of herself, a huge positive to come out of lock down.

 

Just as the world around her paused, the grass got longer, flora & fauna overgrown she observed groups of women swimming at sunrise, healing themselves. Floating on their backs taking deep breaths, being completely present with the cool water, enjoying feelings of solitude, immersion, peace and joy.

 

Her joyful, colourful landscapes contain remembered landscapes and

explore this healing power of nature and the restoring property of water through the joys of swimming.