With the outside world shut off in March 2020, I found myself in my studio with no distractions, free to create. I began painting the silent tranquil interiors of my home. By June I was longing to return to our art galleries and see again the brush strokes, decisions, colours and mystery of the masters.
My homage to the Lady Lever’s portrait by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Jeunesse Dorée, gazing uncompromisingly out to the spectator was my first attempt to recreate that experience for myself – an audience of one in the solitude of my studio.
More portraits have followed by studying the portrait painters of the past – particularly Sargent – striving to achieve that physical presence, seeing the layers of translucent and opaque colours, the spirit of the sitter and the moment of the paint being placed. I have been fulfilling my longing to see the art of centuries past by creating these pieces and I hope in turn they bring you that joy of living with real art in your own home.
Lorna Morris graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters of Fine Art. She has exhibited solo and with fellow artists. Her work is in private collections in the USA, Canada, Germany and the UK.
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