Francesca Wilkinson Shaw

My paintings are a progressive experiment in the interplay between space, form and colour.  Ideas arise and emerge through the act of painting, as the material process initially leads the way.  I am interested in two balancing points that reoccur in my work: firstly exactly where the shapes are in space, alternating backwards and forwards - coming and going- and secondly how much of an image needs to be visible for it to be read coherently.  I aim for the point at which a visual balance between liminal states can be read, allowing differing interpretations to co-exist.  At times I describe environments emotionally rather than naturalistically to create a notion of place, and to address another boundary - this time between abstraction and realism.  I always aim to leave more to be found in my work than is at first evident.