I am an amateur artist living and working in Manchester, England. I studied art in my early years but since then am largely self-taught. I am fascinated by nature enjoying woodland, fell and moorland walking which provide a wealth of inspiration for my painting. For me having the time to stop, look and fully appreciate all the wonders of nature –the wildlife, trees and flowers and the interaction of colours and light – is a remarkable gift. I regularly visits family in Italy and Australia both beautiful countries full of artistic inspiration – some of the most spectacular sunsets, landscapes, and seascapes you will see anywhere in the world. My primary medium is acrylics, and I am a member of the Altrincham Society of Artists. I sign my artwork Iannello, my mother’s maiden name in her memory.
For me a painting is not simply a representation of the subject, it is a statement that should evoke an emotional response in the viewer. Before I start a painting, I must feel personally inspired by the subject and see its potential to please both from an aesthetic and emotional perspective. I start by blocking in to cover the canvas with colour then add layer on layer to capture and nuance the essence of the subject and its context. It can take me many iterations to finally achieve the result I see in my mind’s eye. I strive to give my landscapes real depth using perspective and many layers of glazing to make the viewer feel that they could literally reach into the painting.