The lovely Ruth at Limited 2 Art, has 5 of my original paintings available in her gallery.
All prices are inclusive of VAT and UK delivery.
My first contact with Ruth was a long telephone conversation. She’s a lovely warm woman, with a fun personality. Most importantly she loves my artwork, viewing it with empathy and insight. In that first phone call, she said “all of these women are you, aren’t they?”.
When I said yes, Ruth, replied, giggling “you change your hair colour a lot then, don’t you?”.
She is warm, fun, incredibly in touch with art, personally and professionally.
The day these 5 paintings were delivered to Limited 2 Art, Ruth contacted me to tell me they are beautiful, she is very happy with them and how peaceful she feels looking at them. (an unusual human touch for a gallery owner, believe me!)
In the last 2 years (while I have been mostly unable to work, due to severe depression), I have been approached by an agent (to represent my work for licensing) and 2 art galleries.
Of course, I was approached, as they recognised my art as a commercial commodity that will sell (they are business people, this is what they do). I spoke with them on the phone, I checked out their websites and the other artists they represented, they were all professional nice people, but… none of them ‘felt’ right.
There wasn’t any warmth, humour or interest in my art (or me) at a personal level, during my conversations with them.
My artwork is a product of my heart & soul, of my Gentle Self. These 5 paintings are a part of me. Of course I am careful about who handles them for me.
I want my work in a gallery as it deserves to be seen in person. That has always been important to me.
Throughout my time as an artist, I have only put my work in galleries that feel right. Of course a gallery owner will see my art as a commercial product. Yet I need them to also connect with it and me.
Seems like I have achieved that.
I am a Resident Artist at Limited 2 Art.
It is the best buzz to be included, in what is predominantly, a Washington Green gallery.
This weekend, I was asked:
Where does my inspiration comes from?
Are they women in my life or imaginary?
Two questions, and two answers were necessary.
I’ve talked about Finding My Creative Ideas, here, on my website.
Which is basically an answer to how I get the images.
The second question – are they women in my life or imaginary, is something I haven’t spoken about previously.
The answer is, they are all me!
For example, everything in A Peaceful Journey (above) is an aspect of me! The girls are all engaged in something I would do, the fish is my creativity and the boat is my receptivity.
As always in my work, there are multiple layers of meaning & interpretation in this image. I’m just explaining how I felt about each as I painted it and infused it with feeling.
I have the image come to mind, as I paint it, I put my feelings into the character. This comes through as the expression, posture, colours and create ‘feel’ of the painting.
I never begin with an idea of HOW one of my figure’s faces will look!! I do not plan their appearance in advance, or as I’m working on it. They just develop based on my feelings, and the painting itself.
You cannot paint something, convincingly that you haven’t experienced, do not know or cannot ‘feel’.
I have a close connection with nature and animals, therefore they are regular aspects of my artwork.
I have absolutely no interest or connection with children, when I’ve tried painting them, (for someone else, of course) they looked quite frightening!
So, my advise is to paint what you know, love, feel.
You may love my artwork, but it is not yours – what you create that is yours, will be infused with YOUR emotion, depth and personal meaning.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher