CALIOPE (Cali Norton)www.ArtPal.com/caliope
My mother was the first to encourage my love of colour, patterns and Handwriting. Then, having studied Graphic Design/Illustration for ‘A’ Level, during my teaching career I continued to paint as a past-time; and, inspired by professional tutors over the years, I have been encouraged to develop my own style. I experiment with a variety of techniques: 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; and just now I am experimenting with Brusho and Zen-tangling! Having studied Paleography and Calligraphy, I have also designed an original Pictographic alphabet.
I work from my inner Landscape of “emotion recollected in tranquility,” and find inspiration in my home in a Dorset village; the Jurassic coast; our travels abroad; deeply-felt personal events; and in literature, especially poetry and mythology. As I am painting, meanings and stories evolve and deepen of their own accord. With images filtered through memory and imagination and often suggesting allegorical, timeless events, I create vibrant, stylised, symbolic artwork which captures a sense of place and/or spirituality. This is a ‘never-ending journey,’ 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