Kasia Clarke’s abstracted landscapes are soulful escapes for the mind and eye that I can’t ever imagine tiring of. Living and working near Reigate, Kasia started her creative career in glass art, but now spends all her time painting. She has trained with abstract artist Nicholas Wilton in his ground breaking Creative Visionary Program.
‘My work represents emotional “places” loosely based upon a landscape. But these landscapes are not depictions of specific geographical areas – they are imaginary, intuitive, soulful expressions of feeling painted in an emotive, direct and energised manner. My intention is to create an invitation for the viewer to search deeper into the painting, to want to visually enter it and experience what lies beyond, for them.
The art happens as an exploration, not just in the actual doing and painting but in the decision making in between each of the many layers. I don’t start with a specific end-plan in mind and that allows for an evolution rather than just execution of a painting. Knowing that I can discern to keep what I like or cover up whatever I don’t like, gives me total freedom of expression and freedom to take risks. My process is intuitive but there is an interplay of letting go and regaining control. Layer upon layer of call and response decisions are made until a potential conclusion to the process is visible. That’s when the final simplification happens, the essence of the painting reveals itself and becomes clear.’ Explains Kasia.