Halima Washington-Dixon, originally from California, bases her paintings on her continued search for comfort, nostalgia and a sense of place in her new home of East Anglia. She has only been in England since 2011 and is continually gaining inspiration from her fairly new surroundings.
The vibrancy and thickness of her paint is not only a reflection of her feelings toward the subject, but it is also a reflection of her feelings towards the paint itself. By piling on the paint and moving it around in different directions, she brings the subject to life. Most of Halima's paintings are completed in a single sitting so that they remain fresh and immediate.
She says, "I approach each painting in the spirit of the moment, building layer upon layer, finding the perfect balance between form, content, tradition and abstraction. Being influenced by Post-Impressionist painters, my work has an emphasis on light, color and texture. I also use my immediate surroundings as my muse. Painting familiar subjects makes it easier to loosen up. The process becomes less about rendering and more about expressing life". Halima's paintings positively illuminate the room and her dextrous use of colour and texture provide a wondrous harmony between light and subject matter.