Rosanna Lyons
The beauty of flesh, sinews, veins and the landscape of the form are what excite me.
Curves, heft, intense colour and exaggeration of line....contrasting textures; fabric, water, wood.... against skin......

I play with contrast, colour, with twisting flesh and perspective.
I need to use strong, often undiluted colour, exaggerating and heightening reality.
My influences come from classical painting and sculpture, my own experience in hand drawn effects animation and the rawness of the image....bringing a kind of dramatic beauty and dignity to simple imagery.

Ballet has become an influence more recently after I rediscovered my childhood love of dance and returned to classes. I have since taken to painting dancers ...the pain behind the beauty...

My newest project attempts to combine my love of animals and drawing attention to their often difficult plight with my love of colour, strength and curve. The souls of the animals become bigger than mere "dog" or "bull" but as deep as a human soul but perhaps with more sweetness, purity and unadulterated love and understanding in their eyes.