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Ann-Marie Allen

I started painting after a medical career and am influenced by the coast and sea particularly the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona. Having visited Mull annually for more than 30 years I now spend a large part of the year there.

I am inspired by the effect of light on the sea and by the colours of sea and waves, concentrating on atmosphere and light, not photographic reproduction. My recent work is semi abstract and delves even further into impression and mood.
I paint with oils and acrylics and work mainly with palette knives. I often use thick impasto and sometimes incorporate sand or finely crushed shells from the beach to add texture and a tactile quality. Smaller works and preliminary studies are done ‘en plein air’ but larger works are painted in the studio.

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