Louise Balaam is fascinated with the way painting can express things that words don't seem to be able too. This fascination influences here practise as she paints expressive, gestural landscapes, which communicate an intense emotional response to the experience of being in the landscape. Louise has developed her practise with a BA and a Masters Degree in Fine art. She is also a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal West of England Academy.
Louise primarily with oil paints and the sensual qualities of oil paint are important element to here process. “I love the way paint is simultaneously itself, essentially coloured mud, while also somehow evoking the space and light of the landscape. For me, light is a crucial aspect of the emotional impact of the painting. I’m fascinated by the mysterious way paint expresses things which can’t be put into words.” Often using the English landscape as a subject matter Louise produces an emotive abstract painting. Other important influences include Joan Eardley and Peter Lanyon, as well as American abstract expressionist artists Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell. Louise’s work is also informed by writing about the natural world, particularly Nan Shepherd, Robert McFarlane and Rebecca Solnit. Here process involves sketching and drawing out in the countryside an then the painting develops through an almost unconscious process.
Here Artwork has been shown in the Royal Academy summer show, the Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize, and the Discerning Eye.