My paintings range from character portraits of people and animals, to representations of surreal, unusual situations that invite viewers to invent their own stories and interpretations. I source subject matter from people watching, cinema, media, collected objects, found and personal photographs, and sketches from my imagination. There are echoes of absurdities, inner demons, dreams, highs and lows, and the occasional meme.
Within my compositions are references to hidden sorrows, unexpressed hopes, dreams, frustrations, struggles, naughtiness and rebellion I have observed in family, friends and individuals. They remain understated, but are there for those who spot and relate to them. Animals often appear solo or as anthropomorphic representations and companions alongside protagonists because they kindle in many people, a particular outpouring of care and goodwill, comfort and self-identification. The works are my way of acknowledging the generosity of silent givers, appreciating empathy and personal sacrifices - that private suffering feel seen. Reticence, subtlety and melancholy draw me in, like kind eyes in a reserved face, or sad songs that some people prefer over the upbeat.
Through colour, juxtapositions, a face, or a gaze, I seek the pictorial version of the minor keys in music, or a moving soundtrack for the varied scenes of solitude and companionship.
I completed a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies in Canada, but realised that academia was not for me. Instead, I now work hard at a day job and harder around that to make pieces of art that I hope people will find meaningful.
I am a member of Barnet Artists and Herts Visual Arts.
I can be contacted at: ParieLeungWatterson@gmail.com