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I am an oil painter living in the Fens where I draw inspiration from my surroundings whether that is people, landscape, city or general life around me here and on my travels. I use brush and palette knife and work mainly on canvas.

The geometry and architectural elements of landscape interest me, and the accompanying light and textures. I often work from memories of intensity and surprise that store in my memory.

I enjoy exploring edges of reality and abstraction in my landscapes. By letting go of some of the detail or the specific, I am striving to create a more universal sense of the place and what it may evoke.

I have become increasingly interested in painting the human face, a never ending challenge of light, planes, contours, of capturing mood and character, and where possible exploring the interconnectedness of person and place.

More recently I have been exploring architecture, taking unusual views of architecture, aiming to capture timelessness and monumentality of historic buildings.

I am a founder member of OuseLife. The regular drawing of the life model continues to be the foundation of my artistic practice, the discipline of seeing and recording what I see, from which I can evolve my work.

I am a member of Cambridge Drawing Society and Cambridge Open Studios with whom I regularly exhibit. I have had work selected for the RBSA Open Portrait Competition and the Eastern Open. I undertake private commissions and run workshops.
I welcome any enquiries, please go to my contact page or email me direct at carolineforward@hotmail.co.uk