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The natural world is my passion and the inspiration for all my work. In my abstract paintings, the sublime in nature's many subjects leads me to an intense process of applying paint layer after layer, allowing the work to take over through marks or brush strokes until a finished image emerges from the pure act of painting. The colour or mood of a sunset can develop into many compositions.

My work oscillates between pure abstraction and figuration with precise details of a subject, depending on my feelings of the moment.

I also take photographs of flowers and landscapes. I approach these within their own environment from various angles and at varying different stages. I will often try and push the composition or colour as far as possible in an attempt for the painting to pulsate with the energy of life.

I paint mainly in oils. I enjoy this medium because of its depth of colour and sensuousness. My choice of colours is an instinctive response that refers to my own personal feelings at the time of conception. I use colours in the same way as many a pregnant woman craves a certain food. It is like a vital and necessary bodily nutrient. It is as innate as that. Colours will have an effect of either soothing or stimulating the viewer.

Like the Impressionists, my desire is to create work that allows the viewer to partake in pure visual pleasure. This acts as escapism from the feeling of isolation, stress, despair or hardship that can too often be felt today in our city lives.
I started experimenting with paint in my kitchen at home when I was a young mother. However it is only in the last ten years that I have given myself entirely over to it.

I initially attended numerous part-time painting courses until I decided in 1997 to do a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting which I successfully completed at the City & Guilds of London Art School. I just wanted to push myself as far as possible within the discipline.

Many painters have influenced my work. My hero is Turner, with his marvellous translation of light as the major important matter in his paintings. Mark Rothko's work seemed to share my same desire to invite viewers into a state of meditative tranquillity. In my figurative work, light hitting my subject matter often inspires me to paint a space of "nothingness" for the mind to travel or rest.

Zao Wu Ki is a contemporary Chinese Abstract artist who has inspired me a great deal. His large oil paintings embrace water, luminosity and rocks. This invites meditative reflection. The simplification and often the omission of direct objects or tangible subject matter inspires me to explore further in my own work.

Jacqueline Huber