The change of landscape Elizabeth Power experienced in February 2020 moving from busy North London to the laid-back St Leonards on Sea, created a surge of inspiration and focus.
Feeling free in her surroundings Power was able to take those long walks and photograph her new landscapes as well as her new home, creating a plethora of still life images. These photos later became the base of her lockdown paintings.
The artists’ new home became her haven even further after she contracted the COVID-19 virus forcing her to slow down life and see what mattered most. This reignited inspiration from her favourite artists Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, specifically their work made in their homes, commenting on the colours making her want to jump into the paintings to heighten the experience.
Power’s own heightened colour pallet and slight Fauvism style transformed St Leonards on Sea into an exotic destination. This feeling of escapism into a fantasy through abstraction has been felt by many who usually experience travel.