Burst Into Flame

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2016

Media:

Soft pastel

Size (cm):

64 x 64 x 1

London 2018

Other works

Hear Me Roar

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2017

Media:

Soft pastel

Size (cm):

100 x 65 x 1

London 2018

Into the Blue

Michelle Lucking

Year:

2016

Media:

Soft pastel

Size (cm):

95 x 75 x 1

London 2018

Biography

I am a self taught, emerging artist and have been painting with pastels for only 2 years.
I have spent my entire life by water. I grew up abroad in the Netherlands where I lived next to the calm, still waters of a canal. Since then I have always lived by the sea, currently living by the Severn in North Somerset, one of the wildest and most powerful estuaries in the world. I surf, I swim, I spend many hours in the pool or on the beach. I am captivated by the sometimes ethereal, sometimes brutal nature of water, and its continually changing state. I am driven to capture those moments of beauty I have been lucky enough to see, onto paper. And the immediacy, vibrancy and tactile nature of soft pastel allows me to create hyper-realistic, large scale paintings.
My aim is to not just freeze a fleeting moment in time, but challenge the viewer to see the beauty of water from an alternative perspective: the light reflecting off an underwater swimmer; or tiny ripples catching the setting sun. Using countless of photographs I have taken both in the UK and on beaches and in swimming pools abroad on holiday, I draw my perfect composition and blend a lifetime of memories of water with my photographs to create unique paintings.
I work as a full time, professional artist.

Artist statement

My obsession is water. For me there is something indescribably fleeting and beautiful in the way that light plays on, and in, water. Through my art I endeavour to capture that sliver of time, and allow the viewer to be immersed in that tiny moment. I paint in soft pastel, and create medium to large scale hyper-realistic seascapes, and underwater portraits. My body of work explores the very changeable nature of water and light and my objective is to capture water’s beauty, majesty, and playfulness.
I am an award winning artist who solely uses the medium of soft pastel. I have exhibited locally in North Somerset, and also more recently in London at the Mall Galleries and Menier Gallery. I work as a full time professional artist, based in Portishead, North Somerset. My inspiration comes from all my own photographs, and I spend many hours photographing the sea locally and abroad, as well as doing underwater photography. I use these photographs and combine them with my own memories to create a full depiction within the painting that captures not just the image, but the whole ambience of the moment.
My aim with the Artrooms Fair is to draw the viewer into my intimate water world, and allow them to connect their own memories of swimming on holiday or being by the sea to my art, and transport them into a merging of the 2 worlds. When people see my art I want them to see more than just the image; I want them to smell the sea, and to hear the waves crashing or the water splashing.