Caroline Griffin

RBSA

Caroline has exhibited at many galleries including The Royal Society of British Artists, (A & K Wilson Gallery Award 2011); The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open and Prize Exhibitions (Highly Commended 2010/2012/2017); The Royal Institute of Painters in Oils; The Bankside Gallery, London; The Gallery Cork Street, London; The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden.

Caroline was elected a Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in April 2015 and has recently been elected to the RBSA council.

'I have had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. Following an Art Foundation year at Mid Warwickshire College of Art I began a BA degree in Botanical Illustration at Middlesex Polytechnic, previously Hornsey College of Art. However, life circumstances changed somewhat shortly after I started and I returned to Warwickshire.

I continued to paint, initially in watercolour, and kept drawing, moving into oils over the years. I have, more recently, returned to watercolour, moving towards a mixed media approach - using watercolour, gouache, charcoal and pastel - working my paintings up in layers, much like with my oil painting. Oil painting is my primary love though, and I'm currently enjoying pushing the boundaries, trying new methods of application. I think it pays to explore whatever medium you can lay your hands on as, to a certain extent, one always informs the other.

Most of all, whatever medium I'm using - and be it a landscape or still life - I want to convey my feelings about a subject, even if that means a compromise figuratively. For me, it's that challenge and excitement of the new and the unknown that keeps me painting.'