Earlier this year Alessandra Genualdo won the Jackson’s Young Artist Award at the Royal Watercolour Society’s Annual Exhibition. Her prize winning painting was ‘Melancholy’, a quiet depiction of a young raven haired woman in a palette of muted greys and umbers. There is no superfluous information in Genualdo’s paintings, and in ‘Melancholy’ the simplistic rendering of the woman’s clothing and the wall behind her only serve to invite our eye to look towards her delicate, highly expressive, melancholic face. Little bags under her eyes make her look tired and weary. Her crossed arms indicate to us that she doesn’t much want to open up. If anything the cuttings in a glass vase behind her evoke a greater sense of life; this woman is not having a great day, but she’ll be OK tomorrow. I wanted to ask Alessandra Genualdo ‘how is it possible to communicate so much emotion in such seemingly simple paintings?’
Lisa: Is there any difference in the process of painting an illustration and painting a work of fine art?
Lisa: There is a lovely sense of balance in your colour choices too. Do you have any advice for how to choose the right selection of colours for a painting?
Header Image: ‘Elvira and Giulia’ by Alessandra Genualdo, Gouache and Coloured Pencil on Paper, A5, 2016