Artist Statement

Painting is a part of who I am, and the natural world is a part of us all.
I work predominantly in watercolour. Watercolour is a magical, frustrating, vexing, wonderful medium. I can think of nothing else which does part of the work for you, as the pigment flows through the water on the paper.
Living in a semi-rural part of Staffordshire, I have only to look out of my windows to see what inspires me.
I use photography for my reference collecting, and work out ideas for paintings in my sketchbook. I love my sketchbook. It's where I can experiment and enjoy making marks, embracing success and failure as a part of the creative process.
I will paint anything which inspires me

Inspiration + energy + commitment = a painting with 'life'

The vast majority of my work is from my own reference material and I can often be found in the garden collecting twigs, leaves, berries etc. to use in my paintings. I have very recently used photographs of birds as a source of reference/information from photographers whose skill with the camera is better than mine! However, with the very rare exception, I compose the final painting from a collection of references which I use for information only. I am not interested in slavishly copying a photograph. The end result has to come from the heart and mind, not the camera.
In the last few years, my work has focused more on the portrayal of birds. I have an abundance of reference material gathered from home and abroad. They are a highly entertaining creatures, and incredibly beautiful - even the small brown ones.
Painting birds means that I can 'capture' them in a metaphorical sense, and bring them into the house, whilst the source of inspiration flies freely outside....just as it should.

I am a member of the following organisations
Association of Animal Artists, (AAA)
The Wildlife Art Society International, (TWASI)
An Associate of The Guild Society of Artists
An elected member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society
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Christina Hopkinson AGSA BWS
Updated 4th. December 2019