About Me

I studied Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and since then have lived, worked and painted in Sheffield.  After teaching in schools and universities for many years and gaining a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Education, I took early retirement to dedicate myself to an art career. I have two studios – a small one at home and a wonderfully spacious one at Yorkshire Art Space in Sheffield. I  devote  my time to painting in my studios and sketching in the landscape. I have exhibited successfully in many UK regional galleries including a recent one person show at the Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington and two person show at the Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe. I also show  at the Affordable Art Fairs in London, Singapore and New York with the Linda Blackstone Gallery.

Recent and Current shows and selected exhibitions

2017

Buy Art Fair Manchester Central with Linda Blackstone Gallery 27th-29th October 2017.

Affordable Art Fair Battersea with Linda Blackstone Gallery 19th-22nd October 2017.

Affordable Art Fair Singapore with Linda Blackstone Gallery 17th-19th November 2017.

Language of Form, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington June 24th – July 23rd 2017.

Harley Open Exhibition, Harley Gallery, Welbeck, June 24th to August 20th 2017.

Affordable Art Fair with Linda Blackstone Gallery,  Hampstead Heath, 10th- 14th May 2017;

Affordable Art Fair with Linda Blackstone Gallery 29 March – 2 April 2017. The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York 10011;

Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe, This Familiar Land, Alison Tyldesley and Marjan Wouda,  1st April- 31st May 2017;

Open Up, Artists Open Studios, Sheffield and South Yorkshire, Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th 2017.

2016

To Please a Few Cupola Gallery, Sheffield 25th November 2016-7th January 2017;

Cooper Gallery Barnsley Invited Featured Artist 5th November -24th December 2016;

Old Station Gallery, Rowsley, Winter Exhibition;

Affordable Art Fair, Linda Blackstone Gallery, Singapore, F1 Pit Building November 17th-20th 2016;

Affordable Art Fair, Linda Blackstone Gallery, Battersea Park, London October 18th-23rd 2016; (link)

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Prize Exhibition;

Wirksworth Festival September 2016; (link)

Solo Exhibition Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington East Midlands May 7th – June 19th 2016; (link)

Featured Artist Derwent Gallery February-March 2016.

2015

Art Barn, Old Rectory Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden 10-25th October;

Derbyshire Open Art, Buxton  (highly commended);

Great North Art Show Ripon 29th August-20th September;

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open All Media Exhibition;

Artists Open Studios Sheffield and South Yorkshire;

Professional stand in Art in the Gardens Sheffield .

2014

Royal West of England, Bristol;

Ferens Gallery Hull ;

Sheffield in the Frame, Winter Gardens, Sheffield;

Derbyshire Open Art Buxton.

Artist Statement

The ‘bones’ of the British landscape: hills, mountains, ridges and gullies motivate and inform my work.  I love both rugged edges and soft moorland. In particular, I am drawn to heightened light effects.   I aim to capture movement, intense light and atmosphere – particularly glowing horizons, wild skies, receding hills and textured foregrounds.  My intention is to create an emotional response to landscape and successfully negotiate the delicate balance between representation and abstraction.   My paintings are not always depictions of a particular scene, although I do refer to the sketches I make as I walk the landscape.  My work draws on both memory and imagination and the close contact I feel with the British landscape through years of walking through the countryside.

 

By applying paint in unpredictable ways, I aim to create energy and vitality in the image whilst still maintaining strong compositional balance.  I work mainly in acrylic paint on canvas but I do also paint in oils.  I work energetically using brushes, rollers, palette knives, cloths and sharp tools.    I apply both thick emulsions and allow fluid, transparent glazes to flow and dribble over the surface of my work.  In addition, part of my process includes scraping, scratching, indenting and removing layers.  I feel that this reflects the way the landscape itself has been shaped and transformed by human action.  I work on several pieces at once responding to the emerging image and the physical process of painting itself.

 

I ensure that I study other painters’ work across a wide range of styles.  I have always loved and admired Turners watercolours and late oil paintings.  Edward Seago’s quiet and beautiful depictions of British skies and soft rural landscapes, Joan Eardley’s wild Scottish landscapes and Joan Mitchell’s brilliant abstract markmaking have been strong influences.   Among contemporary landscape artists, Louise Balaam’s and Judy Buxton’s wonderfully expressive work has made a strong impression on me.  I have always been inspired as an artist by my mother, the painter Barbara Stewart RBSA, RWA, PS.

 

Gallery Representation:

 

Linda Blackstone Gallery, London.

Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire.

Artifex Gallery, Birmingham.

Hope Art Publishing, Batley, Leeds.

Derwent Gallery, Grindleford, Derbyshire.

Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.

Workshop Wales, Fishguard .