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Raquel Alvarez Sardina was born in Barcelona in 1967. She gained a Degree in Fine Art in
1991, awarded from the University of Barcelona and a Masters Degree from Cardiff
University in 1998. As she has developed as a professional artist she has learnt the techniques
and methods of traditional realism to bring maturity to her work.
The beauty of nature inspires her, by its form, colour and texture. She has developed a personal
contemporary style to represent beauty. Her painting method is slow, precise and full of
feeling. It is as though she wants us to slow down and contemplate a few simple objects in
silence. She spends a considerable amount of time setting the composition; each fruit or object
is placed carefully in the space. Sketching is useful to decide, sometimes by a matter of
millimetres where every fruit or leave should be. When she is happy with the composition she
draws directly onto the canvas with a brush.
She surrounds her life with those fruit and flowers that provide constant inspiration to her
work. A walk through her garden reveals quinces, pears, apples, gooseberries, apricots,
raspberries and a selection of roses.
She finds painting fruit in the tree or still attached to the branch to be the most satisfying. I
love to paint the intricate shapes of the leaves against the roundness of the fruit. I enjoy the
complexity of the subject, with the leaves creating unusual perspectives, spaces and light in
Raquel works in a studio in her garden with a further space to store drying and completed
paintings. Half of the studio is painted dark grey, a colour that is neutral and absorbs light.
This creates the best environment for chiaroscuro style of painting. The other half is painted a
lighter colour, better suited to lighter paintings. She positions fruit next to the window to make
the most of the light and create a strong contrast. Sunny days are better for contrast and warm
June 2015 she was elected Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists. Her work is
in private collections in Spain, England and America. Living and working in the Cotswolds.