Andrew Douse, Coventry, UK Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement Born in the Midlands in 1970, Andrew has always been artistic for pleasure, and in 1993 started to take it seriously. Graduating from the University of Central England in Birmingham (BIAD) in 1998. Using bold colours, texture and layers of thin paint washes which move and mix whilst drying, generate a feeling of the calm power of the natural world. The final works exploit a variety of innovative techniques, applied with confidence and dexterity. He deliberately keeps detail to a minimum, as too much certainty detracts from the feel of the work and the real world is rarely in focus. Each painting is an acrylic on canvas original, on clean edged stretched canvas. The great appeal in this age of mass production, is that each is truly an original, unique work of art, and as such has its own individuality. I have been selling paintings online for over 4 years, and last summer had my first solo exhibition in my home town of Rugby. I am also an active member of the Independent Artists Group (IAG) and exhibit in their group exhibitions.