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Christian Wharton, a painter with transparent and dazzling technique
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16 March 2016
Capturing water with water colours, Christian Wharton has had eight London exhibitions and her work adorns the offices of major corporations such as the BBC, hospitals, hospices and banks. By her own admission, it's the peaceful flow of meditating that has carried her so far.
Obsessed by water
TECHNICAL MASTERY: Wharton's paintings have earned plaudits from art critics with the Spectator's Laura Gascoigne saying: ''Her mature technique . . . is as transparent and dazzling, as the element she paints.'' ''Black Moss Pot—Green and Blue'' by Christian Wharton.
As the artist returned home to Scotland for a solo show, the local daily The National reported:
Wharton, who confesses she is ''obsessed'' by water, has developed her own techniques and style for painting it and her book Painting Water in Watercolour was published in 2003.
Following travels to Bhutan, Nepal, India, Australia, New Zealand, America and Croatia, her new paintings now include people as well as the natural world.
''Having believed for a long time that art expresses the truth that matter is energy, I have been looking at ways in which this occurs in subjects other than moving water,'' said Wharton.
''However, water still remains the main focus of my art as is shown by my most recent paintings.''
What made the difference?
Looking back, Wharton feels it was her practice of Transcendental Meditation that helped her develop the patience to persevere.
''I started TM in 1967 and it has been my guiding light,'' Wharton says of the technique practiced by several other great painters across the globe.
BACK HOME, BUILDING A HOME: Wharton is currently busy building an iconic home in the Borders. The house will be designed in accordance with ancient Vastu principles: ''The idea is that it should face due east and have a view of the sunrise so it was logical to build it on the east coast and I wanted it to be in Scotland. I also wanted it to have a burn [small stream] in the garden as well as a sea view.''
''I have had a very up-and-down life and things have gone wrong but this has been like a little candle. At first I thought it would magic away everything bad but that's not how it worked.
''Gradually my life changed—there were still ups and downs, but the ups were higher and the downs caused less distress and were less overshadowing.
''It became my guiding light—a small candle at the still centre. My paintings would not have developed the way they did if it had not been for TM.
''It has not been merely an inspiration but has increased my perception of what is really going on in nature, art and life itself.''
Catching a glimpse of the eternal: Watercolor paintings by Christian Wharton
''I went up to the studio and decided that I would paint something just for me, that something wonderful occurred. I mixed up a load of dark paint and poured it onto wetted paper without any idea of what I was going to do.
''Before I knew what was happening a new version of High Force appeared and this time I knew I had done it. All the drama, all the energy, all the spray—everything was there,'' Wharton recalls the birth of one of her paintings of England's highest water fall, High Force.
''High Force'' by Christian Wharton
''Breaking Wave'' by Christian Wharton
''Jhomolhari, Nepal'' by Christian Wharton
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'Water still holds fascination for painter Christian Wharton as she returns home to Scotland for solo show' by Nan Spowart, The National
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