Debbie Ayles

I deconstruct an environment, gradually reducing it to the shapes and grids that hold it together. Then I reveal the patterns, spaces between objects and architectural forms. I include shadows, reflections, sunbursts, clouds, people and other chance elements that contributed to the impression it made on me the day I saw it.

Starting with the energy, fluidity and atmosphere that layers of water-based paint give, the paint is allowed to a certain extent to follow its own loose path on the surface but then is tethered by the more formally painted assembly of shapes creating the final image.

My theme explores the relationship between the inside and outside of place; the face presented to the world and the life that goes on within, blending and blurring each aspect to create structural harmony; a unique and vibrant interplay of organic and geometric shapes that are at once figurative and abstract.