The 2023 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was submitted to The Doug Moran Prize.
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Cat#28 Louise Otten
THE ART OF LIVING
Acrylic on Canvas
150 w x 60 h cm
The triptych I have painted of Caroline Sarah is about living with mental illness, from which she is suffering. The 3 portraits represent the three phases of depression: Darkness descending, Despair and Hope, which I personally experienced in my twenties.
From a very young age, I was drawing and painting. My inspiration came then mostly from nature and it is still now. Symbolism plays a role in most of my works. I also love painting portraits.
I have developed my technique over many years, rarely mixing colours but layering thin coats of diluted paint. The weekly Life Drawing sessions which I host in my Studio are very important in my development as an artist. I am forever learning.