Ella is a painter who investigates her own experiences of the world and is interested in describing a process of perception, discovery and regeneration. She loves creating layers of associations from scavenged sources and likes the idea of other possibilities underneath layers of paint.
Her current exhibition - Drawing from Rocks will run online from 16th April - 7th June
All of the drawings in this exhibition were made on a hot July day in 2019: drawing outside sitting on the rocks of the Island in St. Ives. Originally a fortified headland, it is not an island at all but rather a grassy peninsular sandwiched between Porthmeor Beach and Porthgwidden Beach with the iconic St. Nicholas Chapel set on top of it...
....It had been a while since I’d been outside sketching but from time to time I feel the need to go out to look and draw, to study and translate what I see into marks on paper. It is a method to help me re-boot something in my brain which sparks new creative ideas. The drawings I make are usually a starting point of new paintings.
There is something about the process of drawing from observation that is intensely absorbing. I find the act of looking really concentrates my mind. It allows for a kind of creative meditation. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed the sense of calm, focus and revelation. It brings a state of both awareness and curiosity.
On this particular day, I had only taken ink and brushes and a little watercolour sketchbook with me. I sat happily on some low, dark rocks basking in the sunshine all afternoon, mesmerised by the sound of the sea, the shapes and patterns in the rocks and their surfaces: Seaweed, lichen and the remnants of years of natural erosion but also the marks left from years of mining.