Much of my work is circular. I see the patterns of people, cities and natural elements overlapping in concentric circles. My work investigates the dynamics of relationships, the vulnerability of individuals in both city and home-life situations and the contradictions of modern life.
My themes take second place to the surface of the canvas, which arrests my focus in a play of pattern, texture and colour. My paintings unfold in lines and shapes and areas of light and dark as forms emerge and withdraw into the shallow background.
“I paint mainly in oils on wood, canvas and paper. I cherish the beautiful, the delicate, the organic and the non-violent but I often paint my experience with violence, despair, and the war-torn. – Tina Newlove