Attending art classes is, for me, more about the process of learning, than the 'finished' paintings. Recently I have been concentrating on Still Life in the hope that the discipline of looking carefully at, and trying to record accurately, what's in front of me will feed into my other work - which so far includes land and seascapes and studies of people. I would welcome any feedback -
I have recently started painting in oils after originally studying biology followed by a full time career. My children are grown up and I now have the time to try and capture some of the wonderful aspects of nature that catch my attention . I am particularly interested in the shapes and colours of the animals and birds that I see around me.
I took an A-level in Fine Art as a mature student at CRC when I was working as a solicitor, and a few years later started these oil painting classes. I have found renewed energy post-retirement to develop techniques and experiment with oils, sometimes now combining them with other media. I am interested in atmosphere and texture.
My pictures are mainly rural landscapes and seascapes, inspired by visits to the Scottish borders, the Cornwall coast and the Fens. I find that oil is a good medium for capturing qualities of light, colour and texture. I also enjoy producing small watercolour and ink pictures of more intimate subjects
I’ve been fortunate in having an inspirational art tutor for a number of years, and I have been influenced by the work of artists such as Joan Eardley and Edward Hopper.
I studied art as part of my teacher training and subsequently worked with young children over many years, helping them to learn techniques and develop a love of art in all its forms.
Rikki works in a range of media. Her paintings tend to feature isolated figures deep in concentration and contemporary settings with a sense of absence. She is interested, above all, in capturing atmosphere and mood through composition and colour. The paintings here follow a period of reflection on C20th expressionism and work by painters such as Edward Hopper and Ben McLaughlin.
I find myself back where I started, more or less. Living in Cambridgeshire where I was born,....and painting. Straight from school I spent a year studying art in Cambridge before embarking on an absorbing career as a designer.
The subject I find most rewarding is our local landscape; especially the beautiful village of Hilton, where I live.
I'm exhibiting a series of small oil paintings with Sicily as a theme. This year I've been trying to introduce more figures into my work which I hope adds an extra dimension to the street scenes that I've worked on.
I am also exhibiting paintings under my own name, Willie Wilson - COS number 218, at The Limes in Hilton (PE28 9NA). This is a more varied series with a looser theme but includes landscapes and buildings.
In quiet corners and busy streets of Cambridge, I'm drawn to the way light penetrates alleys and archways, illuminating old stone, casting deep shadows and creating a strong sense of place.
I love experimenting with colour and find oil paints the best medium for this.
My subject matter is varied, but I am drawn to images with a strong tonal contrast, aiming to capture the quality of light.
20 artists will be exhibiting together for the Cambridge Open Studios at Cambridge Art Workshops:
Artists exhibiting include:
Eva Poon Scott
Refreshments & Street Parking
Cambridge Art Workshops is a well established oil painting art group founded by Tom McPherson, who also runs Arty Crafts in Cambridge. This is the second summer we are taking part in Cambridge Open Studios.
We have 20 artists exhibiting their creative oil paintings and artwork in our large space in Cambridge, where there will be working artists. Refreshments, street parking.