Originally trained as a photographer, Carolyn Bates’ career enabled her to work freelance in many areas including dance, music, sculpture, portraiture, landscape and to travel to far away corners of the world. These experiences created many exciting opportunities and commissions. As a photographer, she has always observed the quality of the light and how this plays such an important role, combined with colour, line and form in creating the mood and structure of a picture. Having decided to follow her passion further in paint, Carolyn Bates studied under Robin Child at The Lydgate Art Research Centre and Jonathan Ellis at The London Sketch Club, Chelsea.
Her work reflects the continuing exploration of the natural world.
“I aim to record the essence of what confronts my senses in the presence of nature at its most elemental. I am trying to convey, through a painterly language, a sense of place and yet evoke memories and personal interpretations in the viewer – an idea of a glimpse into a remembered reality. Sketching, taking photographs and documenting my subject and committing my observations to memory, I return to a more pared down approach back in the studio environment.”