Based on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Lou Knowles is a painter that loves colour and texture. She mainly works in oils, however collage and photography are also part of her process. Lou started using oils in the late 90’s and it’s been a major part of her practise ever since. She is heavily influenced by what surrounds her, the spaces, objects and people that fill them. The design of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s is apparent in the shapes and elements of her work. Spatial awareness and predominantly the negative space are fascinating to Lou. It is within these parameters that her work evolves. Abstraction is her newest focus and challenge.