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Trinidad Ball

Trinidad Ball

Biography

Preferred Medium: 
Oil Paint
Preferred Style: 
Contemporary Realism Fine Art
Extent of art knowledge : 
Born in Barcelona, of Catalan parents, I have lived in Spain and Latin America before moving to England where I have lived for many years. I have trained at Central St Martin's, Putney School of Art and South Thames College.
Describe the extent of your talent as an artist: 
For me each painting is a challenge and an adventure. Close observation of life and nature, the details and the subtle variations in colour, light and shadow, is what compels me to paint. Through the use of many thin layers of high pigment oil paint, my aim is to render a translucent and luminous painting which gives the viewer the illusion of high realism.
When did you first describe yourself as an artist?: 
I started painting in 1997 and in 2003 I resigned my post as Probation Officer to dedicate myself full-time to art. The interaction of colour is the basis for my work. I am excited by bright, strong colour and the drama created by darkness and light. Inspired by the Spanish and Dutch Masters, and moved by the colours of Van Gogh, my paintings have been described as "displaying fine technique, and an assured heightened sense of colour and form".
Describe your early memories of your emerging talent as an artist?: 
It never crossed my mind that I could draw and paint until I started a one-day a week course to improve my interior design skills. It was a revelation. All of a sudden I found myself creating images which were alive with colour and light and I had no idea where this gift was coming from. The turning point for me was when one of my paintings sold at the college’s end-of-term exhibition. I knew then that I had to continue – I had found my vocation!
Formal Training: 
Central St Martins
Putney School of Art
South Thames College
Admired Artists: 
Van Gogh
Goya
Velazquez
Rembrandt
Caravaggio
Hopper
Favorite Gallery: 
The National Portrait Gallery
Other Interests: 
I love reading books and going to the cinema as well as bird watching and walking in the countryside. I enjoy good food and this sometimes translates itself into some of my paintings!