Femininity is a positive power that draws upon the elemental forces of nature. The life of a woman leaves traces on her soul and her skin. My personal history has taught me that even tragedy can bring new light into a life.
By building up images with many layers of oil paint and cold wax medium, my work shows how the past is visible within the present. I make honest images of real women, which appear simple when seen across a room, yet on close inspection there are memories embedded within the surface of the painting. We are all more interesting the closer you look.
Born in London, I have spent much of my life deep in the verdant West Country and this forested land is a constant presence in my life.
Bella Hoare 2023