GLIMPSES of GREECE placing oneself in a landscape
Most of Stephanie Sampson’s watercolours were made from observation, on location, during her travels around Greece. This on-going series began in the 1990s. The watercolours are quite small, about 14×20 cm. on average, because of having to work fast with the changing light. The properties of watercolours are such that their vitality is captured with rapid economical marks. Sampson made her watercolours in many locations in Greece, responding to a sense of place. The entirety of the over 60 watercolours Sampson regards as a portrait of Greece, and also as a portrait of herself in Greece, as the dissolving light and bleeding paint (which is a watercolour term) carry a sort of metaphoric sense of the dissolving of the self.