About Camilla Gray
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I paint the edges of forests, the borders of sea and sky, and the play of surface and depth in reflections on water. My subjects are familiar and recognisable, but open to interpretation. In painting I can visualise what is glimpsed in nature and convey what is felt, the unspoken. In my work, the layer of mist or dusk can be unnerving and uncertain. There is a mystery to the dark and dim lighting. I try to paint a silence and stillness that you can lose yourself in.
Sketches and photographs are the starting point to my painting, but the process of painting is essential. I go through a slow process of editing, simplifying form and making small shifts in tone and colour, highlighting some areas and diminishing others. Drawing and adding layers of colour, some translucent, creates a rich surface.