I am a English watercolour artist whose mum loved exotic names. When I started out as an artist the advice was to use a name that wouldn’t change throughout my life. Araceli being a middle name was my choice, and my artist name was born.
I aim to capture the essence of what I see with the minimum of brush strokes, omitting un-necessary details but retaining the drama which captivates me. I do not paint pretty watercolour's, my work is large, edgy and dramatic. I focus on tonal values over colour, most, but not necessarily all of the time.
I began my life as an artist in the 1980's but it all came crashing down around me due to chronic illness. Bad timing as I had been accepted and exhibited at The Royal Academy. I returned to painting as a form of therapy and now only paint as my health permits.
I was a 'pleinair painter', loving to paint outside from direct observation, however shielding in my studio I have loved producing larger more complex paintings enabled by the controlled environment. I turned to the photographs taken to use as reference for my paintings. Decades of them safe in the loft waiting for me when I was ready. It is an exciting new direction.
Sadly my health will never improve, life will always be challenging however I am very grateful to have my art...
Awards (full details on my website)
I feel honoured to have won 42 awards for my paintings to date, and have had my work published in 3 coffee table fine art books I have represented the United Kingdom in many international exhibitions and am a Palm Art award nominee and award recipient.
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