Alena Carutilises a limited colour palette to achieve the experience of her city scenes. She works with subtle grey and white tones to establish the urban architecture, adding hints of red, yellow, and blue to enliven her cityscapes. Her interest in urban environments stemmed from a passion for painting architecture, but soon her interest extended to other elements of the urban environment and the life that goes on within it. Alena has found inspiration in cities all across Europe, although London is a firm favourite. The black cabs, red buses, and traditional white architecture, including the unmistakable St. Paul’s Cathedral, have all taken pride of place in her work. Alena is particularly interested in the impact that weather and light can have on the urban landscape, and harnesses this to shape the mood of her paintings.
Alena takes a contemporary approach to Impressionism, and captures the magical in the mundane aspects of city living. She is drawn to the vibrancy of colours in rain and the reflections in puddles, including the way in which evening light can alter this entirely. Equally, Alena sees the magic in capturing the way snow falls and begins “sugar-coating everything in its path” within the depths of the city. Alena is a keen photographer, and views painting and photography as one and the same in her process. She works directly from her own images, to achieve the impression of a fleeting moment, suspended in time. Alena paints with acrylic on canvas, to gradually build up layers and fabricate an authentic depth in her urban landscapes. She works with palette knives and paint brushes to achieve her impressionistic style, allowing the artist to introduce an emotional expression of experiencing the scene.