Glynis Thomson BA Hons.
AVA Committee Member Secretary
I graduated from The University of Kent in 2009 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art.
My work is largely painting though I do enjoy print-making as well as 3D work. I work from my home studio.
Oil paint is my preferred medium because it is sensual and not easily controlled, allowing light to penetrate and reveal layer upon layer of colour. I love the process of working in oil and submitting to the nature of the paint. Paintings reveal the innermost thoughts, beliefs and feelings of the painter in much the same way as handwriting betrays someone's character. They convey messages, they reveal mood and feelings and they can take the viewer on an inward journey.
My influences are many, mostly from twentieth century Europe and America. But I have also learnt to look at landscape and to use elements of nature and natural surroundings to inform my work. My work is colourful and bold. My style is expressionist and my paintings are largely gestural, abstract works with representational beginnings. I believe that paintings become themselves and I am always interested in how my ideas and intentions change over the course of completing a piece of work.
I am interested in my own journey on earth, my place in the universe and what it means to be a woman in current times. I think about the nature of the true self and the complexity of identity. I am an observer and conscious of being observed. My work often presents layers of images using obscurity, distortion and fragmentation to comment on what I see and understand of the world around me.
Usually my paintings are for fun and help me recall ideas and experiences that have influenced, interested and entertained me day by day. Paintings are never static. They twirl and dance in changing light, they reveal and conceal, they delight, they confound, they soothe and excite because they draw you in.