Zarina Stewart-Clark was born in 1965 and initially trained as a nurse. After completing her
training, she studied Foundation Art at the Kensington & Chelsea College of Art. She has
painted and exhibited professionally ever since.
Predominantly a landscape painter, she works in egg tempera on traditional gesso ground and
more recently in oils. She is concerned primarily with the fall of light and darkness in
landscape, the evocation of place and the spirituality of our landscape. Her Dutch and Scottish
ancestry has inspired her approach to painting. She is particularly influenced by the Dutch
Century landscape painters. Her travels across Scotland and Suffolk remain her greatest
inspiration where the changing light and great skies are so integral to her work.
"Egg tempera allows me to use very thin washes of transparent colour. I can build these layers up to capture the veiled effects of light in landscape. As I use dry pigment, mixed with pure egg yolk, the colour remains very pure and luminous. I apply the medium onto hand prepared gesso boards (often 7-10 layers of gesso on a panel). The layers of paint are applied in glazes and rubbed back repeatedly, to allow the light to radiate from within the picture."