The Title Piece

The title piece for the exhibition, this one is about stepping out of my comfort zone to experiment with untried colours and explore different ways of painting. The escapade refers to my creative adventure. I use the word harlequin here not only as the adjective ‘varied in colour and having pattern of irregular shapes’, but to evoke the nimble acrobat from the Commedia dell’arte tradition, and the importance of improvisation. Incidentally, an ironic nod to the Harlequin romance novels. Using lush, warm colour, these paintings are for me very seductive.