For me, the simplicity and immediacy of drawing makes it addictive – each sheet is a new beginning. When my hand and eye are working together, I’m sensitised to the infinitesimal details of reality. Morandi said that ‘nothing is more abstract than reality’ and this feels more true with every drawing I attempt.
My series of drawings from 2013, By the River Rother, is a walk through Hampshire woodland with my sister and my camera. The subsequent works of London’s bridges came out of a love for the stories and symbolism behind these iconic structures, as well as for early photography. I was drawn to the early salt and silver prints in the Museum of London archives, with their strong tonal ranges; grainy, sooty and speckled. I wanted to test my medium to capture something of their ghostly quality using graphite powder and paper.
Following a term of fierce observational study at the Royal Drawing School in London, I now find myself turning to nature for a new kind of subject matter. Craving the space, light and colours of the countryside, I regularly escape the city for weekends with ink and sketchbook in hand.
b. 1986, Stephanie studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art whilst continuing to develop her own practice with courses at London's art colleges. She later attended Edinburgh University for an MA in Contemporary Art and Curating whilst painting at the College of Art nearby. In 2017 she was selected for the Drawing Intensive course at the Royal Drawing School, London. Stephanie lives in South London, painting at night and working by day as Studio Director for a contemporary artist.