|Catrin Finch |
Royal Harpist HRH Prince of Wales
Commission in Progress
I paint on fabric chosen by my subject. This may be an old item of clothing such as a wedding dress imbued with deep emotional significance and memory, or a furnishing fabric remnant left over from the decoration of a new home. Clothes, furnishings, fabrics and patterns provide unique clues as to the identity and personality of their owner. By using vintage fabrics with a past life within my painted portraits I desire to capture a depth of substance and facets of character which paint alone cannot describe.
I paint the image of my subject onto a panel covered with the fabric. The transparent nature of the paint allows the fabric pattern and weave to remain visible through the portrait, signifying the way in which our likes and choices define us, and thus become an inextricable part of who we are.
I enjoy the interplay of the pattern of a figure overlaid upon the pattern of the base fabric. My ideal commission is a portrait in which my subject is wearing an intricate pattern, and so I will often ask them to wear something of this sort to the sitting. It can sometimes get a little confusing, but I love the challenge of making the various patterns work together in harmony. The use of vintage fabric instead of canvas is also very appealing if my client would like the painting to match the existing decor in their home or office as I can select a fabric to match any soft furnishings.
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