Saturday 9th June – Saturday 21st July
Exhibition of paintings by Mick Thomas, Fay Evason, Pat Lyon, Margaret Presley and Norma Spurdens.
I began my ‘artistic’ career by painting Disney characters on fairground rides at Southsea in the 1970’s. I progressed to fantasy art and now concentrate on local scenes depicting local people and occasionally poetry inspired work. I am also very experienced in painting horses and dogs and am happy to take commissions. I work in pastels.
I have been interested in art from a very young age. It became my favourite and most successful subject at school. Art was put to one side when home, family and work took precedence. I almost always work in acrylics whilst painting but I also enjoy pencil sketching. However, I have recently embarked on painting in oils. Photographs of personal memories are my inspiration, turning them into larger, more permanent images for display in my home and in local exhibitions.
It was not until I retired from full time occupation that I was able to consider painting which even now has to compete with several other interests. I have an affinity with the countryside where I have lived most of my life, and so enjoy painting flowers and landscape. I work mainly in watercolours and acrylics but have from time to time produced work in oils and pastels.
I started to develop confidence in painting by joining Retford Art Society and attending workshops and demonstrations and sharing ideas with other members. I work in a variety of media ranging from watercolour, pen and ink, acrylics, oils and pastels. I will paint anything that inspires me, especially local scenes.
A self-taught artist, I formed the West Hill Art Group as a leisure activity for the over 60’s. It is now run by my friend Pat Ward. My favourite subjects are animals and nature but I am perhaps better known for my encaustic pictures. Encaustic is an ancient form of painting using wax and heat. I also like sewing crafts and my large collection of hand-made cloth dolls have been displayed in many venues in the area and also have been shown on TV.