Painting on the Isle of Wight
Elaine McCracken lives and paints on the Isle of Wight, surrounded by the sea. This physical and geographical fact is the reason she is so interested in ‘fluidity’:
I’m taking the word fluidity loosely to mean connection, mutability, ways of thinking and the possibility of things unknown. The paintings explore my ideas and feelings through colour, space and contrast. I’ve practised Yoga and meditation for many years and this also informs my painting.
My process oscillates between deliberation and relinquishing control. I like to experiment with art materials. I like the power of changeability and impermanence and the plasticity of paint; I’m interested in what it can do, and where it can take you.
Elaine observes, sketches and gathers inspiration from her island environment either working on paintings outside, as a direct response to the natural environment, or back in the studio.
Her artwork is in collections in the UK and overseas. She also works to commission.