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Dani Humberstone VPSWA

London born Dani was educated at Michael Hall School, a Rudolph Steiner school. She studied fashion in Brighton & developed a design business winning the Prince's Youth Business Trust award. She worked as a designer and illustrator for UK and Japanese clientele. Dani was also a gallery curator and is currently Chairman of the September Art Exhibition. She has recently finished her second teaching book on abstract painting for Search Press Publishing Ltd.

About her work Dani says: "My current work is based upon my thoughts on what it means to belong. They are allegories on the transient nature of our human life and the beauty and tragedy of consciousness. It is the story of memory, both personal and collective - where we come from, how and where we live - and to where we will eventually return that interests me. Using recently picked fruits in still life, when they are at their most ripe symbolises in microcosm the intensity of our own life cycles. Painted from life, thereby translating three dimension into two - to capture the essence of the subject. As the fruits slowly age I track their gradual decline in the painting as I work. I sometimes use elements of abstraction, line drawing or graphic image to suggest further unknowable or as yet unformed elements within the work. I enjoy making paintings that keep you guessing and don�t reveal too much up front. I use oil paints � transparent glazes over opaque colour creating luminosity and depth whilst strong light and shade give the paintings atmosphere and tone. Aside from figurative realism painting from life gives the maker the opportunity to suggest continuation �around the corner� so to speak.. to where the viewer cannot see but can imagine. I am inspired by the techniques, skill and beauty of paintings of the Old Masters, the clarity and integrity of the Victorian painters of the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, the imagination and symbolism of the surrealists and the freedom, emotion and philosophy of the abstract expressionists of the mid-20th century. As artists we observe and monitor our world. We filter it and propulse our understanding out into our work. We are visual historians, subtly taking a view and re-making it in our image. We can give a visual voice to a thought or a feeling � we can paint the past, present and future and things that both exist and do not. The viewer of an artwork is an essential participant in the