inspiredbycolour - Maria Ellis
Hampshire, United Kingdom

I studied a three year degree course in Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art, then worked as a visualizer in an advertising agency and a freelance illustrator while having a family. Inspiration comes from a life long love of my garden, nature and travel, and discovering the wonderful colour combinations and patterns in the simplicity and beauty of birds and wildlife. My painting style has evolved to using vivid colouring techniques and I would say a ‘freer’, semi abstract style. Different colours create different moods and have a great effect on the mood you feel when looking at artwork. One of my favourite colours is blue which doesn’t make me feel sad but calm and relaxed. I love the vibrant colours of heavy body acrylic paints, and the flexibility they give so that they can be used in a watercolour style. Sometimes I combine them with acrylic inks and pen work on paper, board or canvas, for a softer appearance. A technique I find lends itself to a lovely balance between colour and line where the line doesn’t overwhelm but adds another dimension.

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