Nina Brooke is a British artist who’s lives, breathes, and paints the life of a beach-goer. Crafting gorgeous acrylic aerials of the tide line, her work offers a fresh perspective on an often frustrating scene of a crowded summer day at the water’s edge. We caught up with Nina to find out more about who she is and her lovely work…
Who are you?
I’m an Nina Brooke, Cornish and Dutch Caribbean. I base myself between London and Cornwall when I am not travelling between countries for work.
2. Describe your medium & process for your work...
My aerial seascapes are made with layers and layers of acrylic. I work in a very energetic fluid process where the brush strokes are always moving and colour is circulating around the canvas. I use a painting out technique (negative painting) where I lay down loads of colour on top of each other, then paint it out with the top colour. This creates so much more depth, richness and spontaneity in the pieces.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I found it through eviction. Learning what I was and wasn’t good at, liked and didn’t like. Then focused on just one thing - which came to painting. Apart from the natural influences that come from being an artist like colour, composition and light. People and this Planet are my biggest inspiration behind my work. The way we inhabit and the way we move on it - are my biggest focus. People watching scenes of culture and overseeing atmosphere, patterns of movement and I finally found it’s best captured from a birds eye view.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
The movement and colour is always changing from place to place, people to people. Every new scene I go to - even if I am revisiting a beach or country there is always a new shade of colour, pattern to work from. There will always be ways of showing humans how we spend our lives on the earth and how much it gives to us. So I am excited about depicting this journey. Struggles usually involve juggling, juggling a lot. I want my work to be team based, sharing moments and being a solo artist thats a struggle! So I’m always looking at ways to share and give.
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
My goals would be to simplify things in the UK and find the next place to work away. Whether that is Sri Lanka, Mexico, Costa Rica, US or Australia. Always heading for sunshine stories.