Charity Exhibition in the Royal Berkshire Hospital

My exhibition of prints in the Royal Berkshire Hospital during January / February sold 18 prints and raised £540 for charity, which was very respectable for the time of year.

Many thanks to Kirsten Rogers – Voluntary Services Manager, the NHS staff who were there when I really needed them, Max and Sarah for helping me to set up and dismantle, Tesco’s Finest Prosecco!, Russell Bremner / Project Framing for fast, efficient and cost effective framing services, and the customers all those who very kindly purchased my prints and invited me into their homes. It was lots of fun, I learned lots along the way, met some lovely people and received such kind feedback. I certainly hope to be able to participate again.



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Starving Artist, burning the midnight oil and candle at both ends... The style of my artwork is modern, yet classical. Predominantly figurative, the tendency of my artwork is towards carefully composed anonymity, capturing the emotions and self belief of the subject, rather than characteristic individual representation. The creation of figurative artwork not only depicts the emotions of the artist, it transforms the artist's emotions. Art should be proudly displayed, carefully scrutinized, and in order to benefit to the fullest extent possible, it should be understood from the perspective of its creator - the artist. My figurative artwork is sensual and my ballerinas and dancers are passionate, moody and emotional. My preferred lighting, shading and contrast are dramatic. I simply adore light and am fascinated with its arguably undue influence on any subject. I delve extensively between the extremes of highlights and lowlights in my artwork in a chiaroscuro technique, occasionally minimalist, often leaving the viewer's mind to complete the picture and to add depth. I always strive to create an atmosphere in whatever I produce, at the highest possible quality and using either a knife or brush and a very limited colour palette of oil paint or pastels, usually alla prima, mixing and blending only on the canvas!

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