I am an artist working mainly in painting and drawing.
My work deals with a combination of the imagined and the observed.

As well as this, I use memory as a powerful source of imagery and the theatrical as a device for altering, yet intensifying narrative. Pattern, colour and gesture play as much a part as ideas and narrative with the dynamics of the picture- making process itself throwing up choices and surprises.

I feel this approach, which mixes fantasy with reality, better reflects how I feel about the psychological issues of place, identity and autobiography.

A number of years ago, I taught myself the technique of egg tempera, where I ground pigments into egg yolk and applied them to a home- made gesso ground. I have since become intrigued by the technique of buon fresco- painting onto wet plaster. The fact that the pigment has no binder and is fixed by the chemical transformation of the lime plaster fascinates me.

Olivia irvine in her studio