CALIOPE (Cali Norton)www.ArtPal.com/caliope
My mother (a trained artist) first encouraged my love of colour, patterns and Calligraphy. Then, having studied Graphic Design/Illustration for Art ‘A’ Level, I continued to paint as a past-time during my teaching career. Mentored (and inspired) by professional tutors such as George Cox, Janet Brady, Jake Winkle, Alison C. Board, Nina Squire and more recently, Deborah Chisman, I have been encouraged to develop my own style.
I experiment with techniques such as: collage, marbling, textured surfaces, lino/mono-printing, w/c on Xuan rice paper etc. I also enjoy using a variety of mediums: watercolours, pastels, modelling paste, acrylic inks and paints, gouache, gesso, pen/black inks etc. Passionate about Handwriting, Calligraphy and Paleography, I have designed an original Pictographic alphabet. Just now I am experimenting with Brusho and Zen-tangling!
I find inspiration in: deeply-felt personal events; our travels abroad; and in literature, especially poetry and mythology. I work from my inner Landscape of “emotion recollected in tranquility.” With images filtered through memory and imagination, and often suggesting allegorical and timeless events, I create stylised, symbolic works which try to capture a sense of place and/or spirituality. As I am painting, ‘secret’ meanings and stories evolve and deepen of their own accord. That is the ‘never-ending journey’ that I love to explore for “As long as I can paint, I am on the Path to understanding what ‘it’ is all about.” (P Wolff)
BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES etc
REFLECTIONS ON LIFE/SPIRITUALITY
SEA, RIVER, BEACH AND UNDERWATER
MYTHOLOGY AND SYMBOLISM
LANDSCAPES AND SPECIAL PLACES