About susan knapp
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The principal inspiration for my paintings is my travels, from Nepal to Morocco, via India and Italy not forgetting France which has been my home for more than 20 years.
I am always fascinated by the colours, the people and in particular the atmosphere of each country.
Wherever I go I have my sketchbook handy to paint, note and glue everything that comes to hand.
The method I use for my work is in several stages;
Firstly I concentrate on the collage background; this is made from the newspapers, receipts, stamps etc found on my travels . These are glued, sometimes randomly, sometimes with a specific idea in mind. On top of this I paint transparent layers of different colours.
Secondly, once I am satisfied with the background I start to paint, the subjects being mostly people in their day to day life. Finally I overlay the final details, transfer prints or woodblock prints.The result is paintings that are figurative and abstract at the same time, leaving, I hope, a real sense of the people and their country.