Louise Fairchild gained a Fine Art (BA Hons) Degree at Reading University
after a Foundation Year at Sheffield Art College and worked as an illustrator
and artist worldwide for many years. Commissions in this period included
British Airways, Barclays Bank PLC, The Home Office, Fortnum and Mason,
Bloomsbury Publishing, Boots the Chemist, Blass Wine Estates, Random House
Publishing, Woolwich Building Society and Marks and Spencer PLC.
She also had numerous portrait commissions for the board of directors of
companies such as Sainsburys Plc, Fidelity Investments International and
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, as well as a monthly commissioned portrait of a
prominent figure in business or government, for the CBI magazine.
In 2009 she returned to Fine Art full time.
Her work hangs in private collections widely throughout the UK and the US.
"Silent stillness and the transient atmospherics of light draw me to paint the
water and its reflections. There is a mystical infinite quality, in particular the
exquisite, vaporous and ephemeral luminosity of the light as it moves through
the trees and reflects back onto the water. I try to capture the fleeting moment,
just before the sunlight burns away the mist, or the light fading into dusk, in an
attempt to suspend it in time. The absence of any human presence is a
deliberate decision, lending a timeless quality, an attempt to transport the viewer
back to a past millennia when our impact on the planet was more benign
I use metallic pigment in the under layers, before applying many thin translucent
oil glazes, each one dry before applying the next, in an attempt to capture the
allusion of movement and light answering to light as the viewer moves around
the painting and the light conditions change in the room."