Pattern and repetitive geometric shapes have always played a part in my work. Influenced by shared characteristics in music and nature of rhythm and pattern, repeating motifs unify the whole, in this case a picture plain of submerged, disparate elements. The technique also maximises the opportunity to explore and demonstrate contrasts of form, line, colour, tone and texture within each painting.

The use of circle and semi-circle forms started in earnest in 2010. Experimenting with the idea of painting over old paintings, the motif is perfect for repetitive perforations in a field of intense colour. Executed successfully, I’m happy when the viewer is intrigued as to how the paintings have been put together; have the spots been cut or rubbed out? stuck on or painted? I want the viewer to enjoy the picture from a distance as a whole, whilst also being drawn in to scrutinise the detail of the spots.

Each painting is host to different ‘lives’, held in place by a solid field of colour. The nature of life as professional ‘juggler’ of different roles, like so many of us – mother, wife, ex-wife, teacher, etc. – has effected how I’ve put the pieces together. Devoid of the luxury of uninterrupted spates of studio time, the paintings echo the fragmented nature of my days.


The Titles

All my titles are a playful and intuitive response to the finished paintings; they come at the end. The hope, however, is that the work stands for itself for the viewer to make his or her own interpretation.

Workshops for Everyone

I work with individuals and groups of up to 30. My aim is to deliver a fun and stimulating environment in which experimentation and expression is maximised.
Sara Downham Lotto