Finding and painting an energy, whether it be from a vibrant figure or a decaying building, can produce fantastic works of art. Alexandra Grashion-Cowley paints striking oil on canvas works that show a real vibrancy. We asked her about her life as an artist and what keeps her inspired.
ArtGallery: Describe a typical day in your life as an artist.
'Hiding In Plain Sight' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley
ArtGallery: Where do you gather inspiration for your artwork?
AG-C: Inspiration for my artwork can often hit me blindside when I least expect it. It can be something as simple as seeing beautiful colours together in whatever form, or a particular piece of music. I am often drawn to architecture, especially if it is falling into decay - to me this holds a strange beauty because it is no longer perfect. The energy of models on a catwalk and the spectacular colour of their clothing and the lighting effects are always a source of inspiration, having been heavily involved in the clothing industry. I see fashion as art on a body. I also attempt to portray a mood within my paintings to create atmosphere.
ArtGallery: What was the first piece of art you created and the first piece of art you sold?
AG-C: I have created art in some way ever since I could hold a pencil and was presented with a little desk. My ability is an inherent gift from both parents so I have been artistic for the whole of my life. The first piece of art I sold was a commissioned portrait of a doctor, which was well received.
'A Rose By Any Other Name' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley
ArtGallery: What is the most important piece of equipment in your artist’s tool box?
AG-C: The most important ’tool’ that I own would be my imagination! All art equipment and paint is important to an artist but I have two huge easels which are invaluable due to my preference for producing large canvases, and also my computer, frequently used for research.
'I Think Therefore I Am' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley
ArtGallery: How has ArtGallery.co.uk helped you progress your artistic career?
AG-C: ArtGallery.co.uk has proved to be a most wonderful marketing tool. I had previously been with a gallery in London for seventeen years until it closed due to retirement. This was followed by a reflective period when I questioned my direction, but having discovered ArtGallery I have never looked back. The service given with ready support and encouragement is second to none, and I feel well and truly ‘back in the frame’!
'Sunday Best' - by Alexandra Grashion-Cowley