Patricia Cottew De Duarri, Spain Member Since August 2006 Artist Statement Divide my time between England and Spain. I paint in any medium, prefer oil (with a spatula) for land and seascapes, pastel for portraits (especially animals) Like to paint from life but if not then from my own sketches and photos. I have exhibited frequently in Spain and England both individually and as a participant in collective exhibitions. Subjects from landscapes, seascapes, portraits of people and animals to anything that inspires me. My aim is to capture mood and atmosphere as well as personality whatever the subject. Love to paint sunlight sparkling on leaves wafting in the breeze or sunsets reflected in water. One of my favourites is the Forest Fire with the flames dramatically leaping among the trees and the purple smoke and the red of the flames catching the edge of the bushes in the foreground. My avatar shows a self portrait painted circa 1973.