Lorna Hooper

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lorna four sides of virginiaWe caught up with artist Lorna Hooper after spotting her work at the SIX Exhibition in Nottingham's View From The Top gallery.

How did you get into painting?

From a young age I wanted to be an artist. After an Art Foundation year at Loughborough University I completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University. I currently live and work in London. For many years I have focussed primarily on painting within my practice, often this has been in conjunction with photography and drawing.

What do you love about it?

I love the freedom to experiment on both technical and conceptual levels with how I can push the boundaries of oil painting whilst remaining true to its craftsmanship. I embrace the traditions of portraiture whilst challenging people's perception of the portrayal of the female face.

Who or what inspires you?

I find that although I am a painter, much of my inspiration derives from literature.

What do you have planned for 2009?

I am preparing an application for a portraiture bursary. I am taking time to develop my painting and drawing techniques. There are a couple of private commissions that I hope will be underway by the summer.

Do you have a website?

www.lornahooper.co.uk

This has a gallery of work including commissions and exhibitions. There is a web shop where prints of a selection of my work are available. There is a mailing list for news of exhibitions and developments with my work. The website is currently under development to be updated with new commissions, paintings and exhibitions.