Our featured artist for December is Ella Johnston. Ella is based in Wivenhoe, she moved there two years ago, but has fond memories of the place from when she was a student at University of Essex in the nineties, she says ‘I love the place more than ever now, living here is a delight’
Primarily inspired by nature, essentially Ella draws, and wow can she draw! ‘Put simply, I draw pictures, I concentrate on depicting birds and flowers because I find them endlessly charming and fascinating. No matter how precise, sensitive and sympathetic my line is, I can never ever match its majesty, fragility and beauty – you could say I was obsessed.’
Ella’s incredibly intricate and beautiful work always starts with ‘a very sharp selection of pencils and a lovely thick watercolour paper’. She says ‘I also love working with super-fine blackfelt-tip pen – I adore the gorgeous lines it creates, the solid colour the pens produce and the way it sits on the paper. I’m using watercolour at the moment, I like the soft gradated washes of texture and colour it makes – put them and the pen together and BOOM you get a lovely effect.’
‘I also love the process of drawing and line making, which can be an inspiration in itself, especially when I see work by other artists who really push the medium – I think come on Ella, raise your game.’
A range of Ella’s work including original screen-prints, stationery, greetings cards and Giclee prints of her stunning drawings are available from Hazel Gallery. Meet Ella at the first Hazel Gallery Art Fair on 7 December at The Waiting Room at the Old Bus Station in Colchester.
All images ©Ella Johnston 2013