Lily Greenwood

Greenwood has developed a unique way of working, using reproductions of her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. Her pieces are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut, ready to use on the canvas. The background is painted with acrylics. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the collage is fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances colour, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine.

Nature is common to all of Greenwood’s work; however, she would never claim to offer gritty realism. She describes it more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. Simplicity is key, which to her means creating something which people can take some pleasure and enjoyment from.

Her interest in the natural world began from an early age, growing up in rural Cumbria. Her original paintings are inspired by multitude in nature and the flow of that multitude, in glorified representation. Greenwood’s work is also influenced by eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, with their strong yet never garish colour palettes, and the beautiful patterns employed in Japanese kimono design.