The 2022 Society of Women Artists exhibition has opened in London’s Mall Galleries, and welcomed a great number of artists and art enthusiasts through the doors.
Although I can’t visit the exhibition myself, I have a friend, Freya, who attended the opening and took these brilliant photos. I am so happy to see my three pastel artworks as a part of this show, and so grateful to Freya for sharing this with me.
The SWA seeks works of the highest standard within its specific field, and promotes women artists with their annual show. The art is comprised of work by both SWA members and non members, and inclusion in this prestigious event is a huge compliment to all who are invited.
The pieces I have on display are A Handful of Salt, A Handful of Lotus Seeds and A Handful of Faith. These are three of a series of six studies inspired by the amazing Rehahn Photography.
The SWA exhibition is running till the 11th September, and more details can be found on their website.
You can learn more about these artworks in the following posts: A Handful of Salt in the Making, A Handful of Lotus Seeds in the Making and A Handful of Faith in the Making.
I am delighted to announce that I have three pastel paintings selected to be a part of this year’s Society of Women Artists exhibition. The SWA seeks works of the highest standard within its specific field, and promotes women artists with their annual show. The art is comprised of work by both SWA members and non members, and inclusion in this prestigious event is a huge compliment to all who are invited.
This will be the 161st SWA exhibition, and will be held at London’s Mall Galleries from the 6th – 11th September 2022.
I have been working towards my submission for this exhibition for over a year, and created the ‘A Handful of…’ series of six pastel paintings specifically for this opportunity. My portraits A Handful of Salt, A Handful of Lotus Seeds and A Handful of Faith will all be on display alongside work by many other exceptional women artists, and I am very proud to be in this number. Each of my artworks will be for sale through the exhibition, and once live I will share details of the online version of the show for anyone who is unable to be in London for the event itself.
You can learn more about these artworks the following posts: A Handful of Salt in the Making , A Handful of Lotus Seeds in the Making and A Handful of Faith in the Making.
As you may know, my pencil portrait A Lifetime of Laughter has been proudly hanging in the Victoria Art Gallery for the last couple of months, as a part of the Bath Society of Artists’ annual show. As this picture didn’t sell I am very happy to have welcomed her back home, so she now hangs on my studio wall once more.
I did receive good news about her stay though, it turns out that A Lifetime of Laughter was the runner up for the People’s Choice award. Although being runner up is not a recognised position, I was delighted to learn that she was so popular with visitors and that she had won the votes of many when she was amongst hundreds of other pieces of art. So thank you to anyone reading this who may have contributed to her success in this way, it really did make my day.
I will look forward to exhibiting this artwork again at some point, and till then I will be glad to have her cheerful company whilst I work. And if you would like a bit of extra laughter in your life, she is available as a framed original artwork, limited edition prints and on a greetings card.
I am very pleased to say that my pencil portraits A Thirst for Life and A Lifetime of Laughter were both shortlisted for the Bath Society of Artists 2021 open exhibition. This is an annual open show where half of the art exhibited is by Bath Art Society members and half by non-members like myself. Places are limited and highly sought after, so I was delighted to be in the running.
For the second stage of the selection process us artists had to deliver our work to the Victoria Gallery in Bath for judging. That meant a day trip and chance to explore this beautiful city, and it just so happened that whilst I was there the Holburne Museum had an exhibition of works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. What a treat it was to see these Pre-Raphaelite paintiing, drawings and photographs in person. My favourite of the show was ‘Jane Morris (The Blue Silk Dress)’ as shown below, which Rossetti painted in 1868. It really is a stunning portrait which I could have stared at for hours.
From the judging process A Lifetime of Laughter has been selected and will be exhibited as a part of the Bath Society of Artists 116th annual art exhibition. As you can imagine I am thrilled to be one of the lucky participants in this prestigious show.
The Bath Society of Artists 2021 exhibition will run from Saturday 2nd October until Saturday 20th November at the Victoria Art Gallery.
I am one of the numerous artists who are a part of Art Gallery SW – an online gallery showcasing original art and photography from across the South West of England. They have just launched a virtual exhibition which is raising funds for South West Air Ambulance charities.
When the opportunity to support Cornwall Air Ambulance in this way arose I was keen to be involved, so you will find six artworks by me listed in this show, and 20% of any sales will go direct to help fund the vital work that the Air Ambulance team do here in Cornwall. You can view the catalogue here and go to the exhibition page for myself and my fellow Cornwall based artists here.
This exhibtion is running from now till the 31st December, making it a perfect opportunity to support both independent artists and life saving charities with gifts for loved ones or yourself, all from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
I am delighted to say that my coloured pencil drawing ‘Daryl’ has been selected to be a part of the 2020 ING Discerning Eye exhibition.
This is a drawing that I am particularly fond of myself, and it was drawn with a single red pencil. In fact I used two and a half pencils to complete this artwork, but of a single pigment. Just as with graphite, the more layers and the denser the application of pencil, the darker the tones on the page, so a single colour can give a broad range in a monochrome piece such as this one.
The inspiration for this drawing came from the model Daryl himself. Some years ago I was fortunate enough to discover his photography, a selection of self portraits, in a small art exhibition in Falmouth, Cornwall. There was a potency and style to his work which instantly captivated me, so I contacted Daryl and had the pleasure of discussing all things portraits one afternoon over coffee. He generously granted me permission to draw from his photography, which led to this portrait and also Sculpted, another coloured pencil portrait which you can view in my gallery.
The ING Discerning Eye exhibition this year will be a virtual exhibition, held online, due to the exceptional circumstances we have all found ourselves in. This does however give a wider audience the opportunity to view the show, and from the comfort of your own home you can browse and purchase art from artists working in a wide range of media and styles.
The exhibition is running from Thursday 19th November at 7pm, till Thursday 31st December 2020.
Cub Scout has found a new home, thanks to visitors to the ArtAbility exhibition at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – fantastic show which is curated by and in aid of St.Teresas’ Leonard Cheshire Home near Penzance. It is an honour to have been invited to take part in this exhibition, which features works by both residents of St.Teresas and local artists, and I am delighted to be able to support the excellent work that they do. Cub Scout, you will be missed, though I hope you watch over your new owners for many years to come.