Jennie De Groot

 

My paintings are a place where reality, imagination and memory all have equal tenancy.

 

Whilst I am particularly moved and influenced by the natural landscape, I seek a personal interpretation of it rather than a replication of it. By painting on location, my relationship with nature is strengthened and I gain deeper insights. These field studies painted en plein air are an emotional response to the landscape. From these studies, I develop larger studio works, which go beyond the spontaneity of the plein air pieces to elaborate on those deeper connections.  Of greatest concern is capturing the spirit of the landscape.

 

The portraits investigate my fascination with the inner lives of people. I try to suggest disquiet and unease through the application of the paint juxtaposed with the suggested subject matter. Enormous fun and it freaks me out a little too.

 

I am interested in the abstract within the image and focus on being inventive with my application of paint and experimenting with my materials whist painting the same subject repetitively. My works run in series, as it is an exciting way to progress an idea.

 

The painting process has to be fresh and interesting for my own sanity. I use both oils and acrylics, let paint drip, build up layers, scape back, flick it around and use my tools to create marks that remain in the finished painting.

 I maintain a studio in semi-rural Ngahinapouri, Waikato