Halima Washington-Dixon, originally from California, holds a B.A in Visual arts and Art History from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an M.F.A in Painting & Drawing from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

 

Working mostly from her home studio in Suffolk, England, she occasionally works en plein air in the beautiful countryside near her home. She paints almost every day, is always creating and has been painting professionally since 2006. Her work is currently represented by several galleries in the UK.

Halima bases her paintings on her continued search for comfort, nostalgia and a sense of place. Though she paints many subjects, in recent years she has been drawn to still life painting. She is inspired by garden flowers, decorative vases, patterned cloth, lovely fruit and capturing the essence or feeling of home.

 

The vibrancy and thickness of her paint is a reflection of her feelings toward the subject and the paint itself. By piling on the paint and moving it around in different directions, she brings the subject to life. Most of Halima's paintings are completed in a single sitting so that they remain fresh and immediate.