Fantasy art

Josephine Wall

Genre: Fantasy art

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Josephine Wall

About the artist:

Josephine Wall was born in Farnham, Surrey, England in 1947.

In addition to her main love of painting, Josephine directs her creative energies into pottery figures, sculpture and reproduction stained glass panels. Much of the inspiration for her mystical images comes from her close observation of nature and her interest in its preservation. Though she often strives to impart a message in her scenes, she also hopes to inspire in her audience a personal journey into the magical world of their own imagination.

As with most artists Jo is often asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" The answer is, "From anywhere and everywhere". Jo is never short of inspiration; in fact she feels it is a race against time to produce all the images that she has conceived. Another often asked question is, "How long did it take to learn to paint?" The answer is, "A lifetime," because she has painted since she was a child and the work has evolved and matured until the current image was created. Her paintings actually take on average 2–4 weeks depending on size and subject.

Josephine works mostly with acrylic paint, which allows her to paint quickly, and to create many textured and colourful effects. She has been influenced and inspired by the illustrative talents of Arthur Rackham, the surrealism of artists such as Magritte and Salvador Dali, and the romanticism of the Pre-Raphaelites.

"The art of painting is more than a career to me," she says, "it is an all consuming obsession and a love of colour and form. In fact, if I am away from my easel for too long I become restless and anxious to paint again."

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