I am interested in conveying a sense of a place, and while the experience and observations might be personal to me, to bring the viewer along to visually explore.
My current body of work is based on time slowing down these past few months and creative input coming from places close by: the local ditch, the abandoned farm garden down the road, the village allotment next-door and the old woodland by the roundabout.
Coming to terms with a new way of living and the emotional rollercoaster attached to daily changing restrictions resulted in a new way of creating and looking. This work reflects the liveliness in the stillness found sitting on the ground being surrounded by itching nettles, flying and crawling insects, new blossoms and dying weeds sweeping past in a gust of wind and seasons rearranging the setting and sittings. Environments close to my home, brimming with life when looking close up end up expressed in sketchbooks, small boards and on large canvases, translating sounds, colour pops, growth, the weather and feel of the place with paint into visual experiences.
The work is textured with paint generously applied, using a multitude of tools, brushes and gestures to achieve a dynamic surface and lively appearance.
I paint in oil on canvas and board with sizes varying from small 8x8" squares to larger works of up to 30x40". My paintings are priced according to size and framing, starting from £75.
I open my studio during Artweeks, venue number 42 at Friar's Court in Clanfield and show a selection of paintings at The West Ox Arts Gallery in Bampton, venue number 45. Pop in and say hi!
Expressive Contemporary Oil Painting in the Cotswolds
Silvi Schaumloeffel is an expressive contemporary oil painter living and working in Kelmscott by the Thames.
Silvi was born in 1979 in Germany and after her degree in Sports Marketing travelled extensively through her work in motor racing before moving to the UK, where she now happily lives and works with paint.
Silvi trained in classic and contemporary oil painting and finished her Diploma at the Norfolk Painting School in July 2016. To further develop her artistic reach and expressionism she has since attended courses by artists as diverse as Paul Wadsworth, Simon Carter, Gary Wragg, Louise Balaam and Sam Bassett.
Her cherished studio is at the old Cow Sheds at Friar's Court in Clanfield. It's drafty with exposed beams and uneven floors and the most perfect studio space in her mind. The studio is tucked away in a corner of a working farm, next to a local florist and pottery studio, surrounded by interesting people and beautiful gardens.
'My love for lush rich oil paint shows in the application of paint and the dynamic surface of my paintings. I paint from sketches and memories away from references towards my personal experience of a place, working with a great range of marks and brushes, accepting the paint taking over and responding in an honest and lively way. This intimate chat between me and my paintings leads to engaging multifaceted works that are fresh and very personal. You are invited to join the chat!'