Debra Sweeney

'.................drawing from life I search for the truthful line, a line that does not replicate but indicates. By using charcoal I am able to create loose lines and in contrast to this fluidity, I build up blocks of coloured paper positioned where the shadows fall to describe the form. I have chosen a large format in order to best convey a certain realism and I paint out as much as I paint in to simplify the work and to allow the eye to bridge the gaps. I strive for an image of strength, simplicity and physicality.''