Painting is a joyful experience for which the main component is showing up. The outcome remains a surprise even when a starting point such as a historic work of art is used. The intense enjoyment and trust in the process brings discovery and invention as well as occasional disappointment. The paintings are made on paper mounted on canvas or panel using a process of my own invention. The quality of the surface of paper has been a material that has brought me a lifelong delight. Color infuses me with energy and energy informs the work. One painting leads to the next and to the next and so on. There is no break. Inspiration comes from day to day experiences and curiosities.
Petula Bloomfield was born in the UK and has exhibited her work in the US and Europe since 1990. She has taught art at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley since 2004. Residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, Castello di Spannocchia, Tuscany and Norristown, PA. She is a recent recipient of grants from the Surdna Foundation in New York and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. She has an MS in Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Clark University, Worcester. Recent shows include, Things That Die Interestingly, Bloomfield and Shambroom, APE Gallery, Northampton 2014 in collaboration with Smith College Botanic Garden, Take a Seat, University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst, MA, 2016.