Sylvia Parkinson Brown
Drawing has been the foundation of Sylvia's work, she is naturally immersed in the mark making process and trying to push the skill level in conjunction with the limits of the medium. Progressively she is enjoying playing with the idea of allowing the image to merge with and emerge from the background. It’s a conscious move towards a more expressive portrayal of the subject. The line becomes almost a physical wire echoing her roots as a sculptor moving over and around the form. The process is continually evolving but the subject of animals has always been a major focus of her work. Sylvia's studio in Kilkenny is surrounded by a wealth of wildlife only emerging from the background in fleeting moments, hopefully just long enough to inspire.
My background stems from formal art school training in London and Lancashire, predominantly as a sculptor and this has come to influence my approach to two dimensional work, experimenting with surfaces and mixed media. I favour wood panels, as they afford greater freedom to develop a style of working with a range of materials, then scoring back parts of the image from beneath.
This year has seen a conscious move towards a reduced palette and the animal theme has shifted towards a more layered expression in both celebrating wildlife and confronting the darker aspects of erosion and decay in natural habitats.
There is creative satisfaction in portraying these beautiful creatures but it has become more important to also acknowledge the impact of modern life on disappearing species.