Louise Banks lives in Lympstone, Devon and finds her home location an inspiration for work. She is interested in our human desire to leave land and the ways we find to do this. Swimming in the estuary, she is always aware of the moment her feet leave the ground. She was born on a boat to parents who lived on the water.
During lockdown Louise had to draw the perimeters in and now paints what is within a few minutes walk, swim or kayak from her front door. She loves the endless potential for subject matter within this circumscribed space.
'I enjoy exploring effects of translucency, layering colours as glazes in gesso, ink, gouache and watercolour; methods that show what lies beneath the surface. The village is one of the few in the area where there is still small scale commercial fishing. My practice is partly an attempt to document this activity and record the ebb and flow of life that revolves around the harbour'.
Original watercolours and giclée prints for sale.
Sunday Times Watercolour
Competition finalist 2020
(Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke and
Mall Galleries, London )
Selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries London ( Sold 'Into the Water' at this show).
Royal Society of British Artists 2021
(Mall Galleries, April)