Teresa Schippel Hales
"- we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates" Junichiro Tanizaki 'In praise of shadows'
As a fine artist, I have immersed myself in 2D arts: painting, photography and printmaking. I am fascinated by the many and various processes and the tactile qualities involved in etching and printing, from the relative simplicity of a linocut or screenprint created at the kitchen table, to more sophisticated methods requiring more specialist materials and equipment.
Often starting with photographs. I take inspiration from nature: the interplay of sunlight; the formation of shadows & silhouettes, and reflections in water: from puddles to the sea. And the sky; clouds, dramatic and threatening, or light and insubstantial, creating a unique and limitless visual theatre. Other work takes inspiration from functional, man-made objects, beauty in the mundane; padlocks, keys, tools, bikes, book, tables & chairs. I am not solely attracted by the forms and texture of the objects themselves, but in the relationship between positive & negative, by their compositional qualities.
I have exhibited with Barnet Open, Crouch End Open Studios and Euroart Open Studios, both in my own studio, my home and various venues around London. I have shown and sold work in diverse venues, such as the old Aldwych underground station and on a Dutch barge moored at Little Venice.