‘In this new collection of paintings, I have returned to working in oil - after a happy and experimental excursion with acrylics for many years. The latter suits me well, as I love to work fast and energetically and am impatient if the paint takes too long to dry. But rediscovering the depth and richness of oil paint and the wondrous way it moves, runs, dribbles and sparkles has been well worth the frustration of that wait!
I have particularly loved capturing the sea in its darkest persona - the fabulous colour indigo that sucks you in it feels so heavy and yet floats and shimmers too on the horizon. I have still used additions to the paint, such as tissue paper, texture paste and sand - in order to enrich the surface and give the paint something to play with. All the images are from visits and experiences of Cornwall - particularly the rugged west and north coasts - places which are a never ending inspiration to me.’
Born in 1962, Joanne Last originally trained as a classical pianist before undertaking a foundation course at Putney School of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and abroad and has been selected for major exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Pastel Society and The Society of Women Artists.
Her work hangs in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Some notable commissions include Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados; Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge and numerous private yachts. Joanne currently lives and works in Surrey.