Ali Cockrean is an expressionist landscape artist who strives to capture her emotional response to a place, as opposed to the nature of its physicality. The most crucial element for her is 'mood' and 'atmosphere'. Working mainly from memory, Ali prefers her intuition to guide the progress of a painting. Applying layer upon layer of acrylic paint; blending; adjusting tone, colour and contrast; forming shapes until the painting 'feels' complete.
Spontaneity is crucial for her, as it creates the visceral energy needed to capture the spirit of the place. Though working mostly from her studio in Buckinghamshire, Ali also enjoys creating small acrylic sketches painted 'en plein air' during her travels. These are enjoyed for their own sake and do not form part of a process towards a finished work.
Ali has been exhibited widely in London and the UK, with work in collections worldwide including Europe, Hong Kong, US and Canada. She has also featured on BBC TV and radio, most notably in 2012, when Ali was commissioned by BBC1 to paint the Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant live from the Millennium Bridge. Ali's paintings were commissioned and will appear in the 2017 Rosemunde Pilcher film series which is shot on location in Cornwall.
Ali Cockrean completed BA (Hons) degree in 1983. She has studied at the Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Slade School of Fine Art, but considers her skills to have been largely self-taught.
The Porthminster Gallery is showing Ali Cockrean for the first time.