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ABOUT TESSA SKERMAN

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Tessa has created a unique and intriguing style of painting. It is a method that she discovered while teaching secondary school Visual Arts, and over the years has pursued and developed it further. She has a background in Graphic Design and Secondary School Visual Arts teaching, and she believes that the constant exposure to imagery and experiences has assisted in the development of her style.

ARTIST STATEMENT

When I paint in my 'slat painting style', I explore the idea of fragmenting realism, and I use my method of ‘paint, slice and re-create' to achieve this. I discovered my signature slat painting concept when I was exploring depth and layering on board. Exploring ideas of perspectives in nature, and trying to create the illusion of juxtaposing realistic elements, I pulled out the saw and I could not see any reason not to slice up my paintings. And so my journey of 'slicing and re-creating' began. 

I enjoy that there are many parts to the process. The initial 'whole' painting, and in the next step this is sliced and deconstructed into a pile of slats. Using linking lines and various viewpoints I re-construct the puzzle back into an abstract, fragmented composition. 

When I feel the need to have freedom of movement on a large scale. I paint on canvas. I apply mixed media into most of my canvas work and incorporate bright bold lashings of colour.

Every now and then I am asked to paint a deer skull. This is a fun and playful exercise, where I embrace beautifying the natural 3D form.

​I  am a full time artist with the passion to keep developing my work. 


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in any of my pieces. I also welcome commissions. 

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