Svetlana’s oil painting method is based on the traditional Flemish technique. Work begins with a detailed drawing and a monochrome (grisaille) under-painting, followed by multiple layers of opaque over-painting and rich transparent colour glazes. Rarely practised by artists today due to its complexity and time consuming nature, this traditional approach allows the artist to create depth and luminosity of colour and level of fine detail which is not possible to achieve by using modern direct painting methods.
For works in pastel Svetlana Cameron has developed her own award-winning “three-colour” technique which received accolades in international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia. Her method involves use of the French drawing medium Conte-a-Paris in only three colours – black, red, and white – which are skilfully blended on toned paper to achieve a full range of delicate lifelike skin tones. The very subtle semi-translucent flesh areas are often juxtaposed with opaque bright colour accents in clothes and accessories, creating the contrast that has become one of the most recognizable features of Svetlana's style.