Lara Phillips is a young and aspiring oil painter, raised and living in the small coastal village of Wembury in Devon.
From a young age her passion has always been to draw and paint, which then led her to enrol in the Plymouth College of Art and Design where she excelled. The Art College allowed for the development of her professional creative journey to begin and discover her natural flare and passion for oil painting. From taking regular life drawing classes she soon discovered her love for figurative paintings, focusing on form, structure and colour.
She has over the years developed her style of painting through her use of layering to form a level of depth to her work putting emphasis on the structure, from defined loose brush strokes and adding texture by using pallet knives. The use of vivid and complimentary background colours help to enhance the essence of the animal bringing light on the subject.
From discovering she is highly dyslexic, this revealed Laras strengthened abilities for visual thinking and visual problem-solving. She considers her dyslexia to be gift not a disability allowing her to view the world in a different light. This has enabled Laras capabilities to identify shape and colour to be heightened, which is emphasised through her painting technique focusing on structure and juxtaposing vivid colours. Her work is predominantly large scale to allow the freedom and ability to create expressive brush strokes.