Philippa Graff’s paintings have a tactile quality.
The works are characterized by their textured surfaces,
on which she applies expressive mark-making and
Her keen sense of colour is evident throughout her work,
which depicts abstract images of nature.
For me, painting, is not always about representing what I see, but what emerges while I am painting. I relish in the squeezing out of paint from tubes, mixing colours and loading brushes. I am a ‘painters’ painter’. I am inspired by different mark-making with my brush, crayon or finger. The line, colour and texture are as important for me as the idea.
I see the act of painting in the same way as I see life. I believe that one needs to struggle, to make mistakes and grow from those errors. The artwork and the person will become more layered and gain greater depth.
During this time, I committed myself to my paintings, I was not afraid of making mistakes, I reworked the canvas over and over, and with time, reached a level of acceptability. My themes are concerned with natural phenomena, deforestation and global warming which dominate the artwork. My journey is far from complete, I have so much still to say and to do and I hope that through these paintings you will enjoy my energy and passion.