How does one paint the feeling of silence? How does an artist capture the calm and the peace of a domestic moment. The painter Harriet Porter creates glinting work which display the range of effects of light shimmering on various 3D objects. The spectrum of feelings created by this simple interplay is astounding and the artist manages to expertly guide us through the majority. By using a muted palette of monotone blues and silvers Porter gives her work a quiet beauty which shines through in this collection. Flashes of whites are emphasised against their pale backgrounds, giving a playful sparkle. Deep black backgrounds stretch out into the distance and serve to beautifully highlight the touches of colour. This contrast gives the canvasses a depth and emotive quality that sets it apart from other work.
Porter uses a mixture of glass and silverware to show the wonderful interplay of sunlight and shadows in her work. By painting various materials she can emphasise her ability to capture the textures of smooth metal and heavy tabletops. Her skill lies in her ability to paint with balance and produce the illusion of sunlight and solidity. The light is shown at its best in the reflections at dusk in a series of paperweights and jars. This is work soaked in Morandi blues; a pale palette which seems to drink the sunlight and present it back to the audience. No viewer could fail to be impressed by the technical accuracy and beautiful content of these wonderful little canvasses. Despite the fact she has only been painting in oils for three years she has become one of the most popular artists on the site, and is a worthy winner of our artist of the week award.