I am interested in conveying a sense of a place, and while the experience and observations might be personal to me, to bring the viewer along with me to visually explore.
My current body of work is based on time slowing down these past few months and creative input coming from places close by: the local ditch, the abandoned farm garden down the road, the village allotment next-door and the old woodland by the roundabout.
Coming to terms with a new way of living and the emotional rollercoaster attached to daily changing restrictions resulted in a new way of creating and looking. This work reflects the liveliness in the stillness found sitting on the ground being surrounded by itching nettles, flying and crawling insects, new blossoms and dying weeds sweeping past in a gust of wind and seasons rearranging the setting and sittings. Environments close to my home, brimming with life when looking close up end up expressed in sketchbooks, small boards and on large canvases, translating sounds, colour pops, growth, the weather and feel of the place with paint into visual experiences.
The work is textured with paint generously applied, using a multitude of tools, brushes and gestures to achieve a dynamic surface and lively appearance.
I paint in oil on canvas and board with sizes varying from small 8x8" squares to larger work on canvas.
Please simply drop me an email or visit me in the studio if you would like to talk art or have a look at my work. My coffee and tea are great, my baking is appalling.
Floral Mayhem Series, oil on 2 canvases, 50x30", available through the Cotswold Contemporary gallery
These are some of Silvi's studies and sketches of well known works by masters in their craft. She continuously refers back to the techniques and evolvements of the old and contemporary masters for her own work. As such they build the foundation for her teaching the craft of oil painting:
Turner, Monet, Eardley, Seago, Sickert, Aivasovsky, Grimshaw, Klimt, Pissarro, Degas, Cuming, Doig, Anderson, Sapiro…