Norma Stephenson PS 

Biographical Details:

1945 Born in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders
1962 Won a bursary to study Fine Art and Graphic Design at Sheffield Art College
Elected to the Pastel Society in 2004.

Artist’s Statement

Scottish painters have always held a special interest for me: Joan Eardley, whose work seems contemporary even today, the Scottish Colourists and now Barbara Rae and John Brown and other contemporary painters whose work is colourful and verging on the abstract.

John Blockley has been a major influence on my life and work. On first seeing his paintings I was immediately aware of a vision and interpretation of the landscape to which I could relate and have since always had great admiration for his work.

Annual holidays on the West Coast of Scotland, a childhood living on the edge of the Peak District and now in the hills of the Forest of Bowland and Dales of North Yorkshire were other influences. I feel I have a natural affinity with the wild northern landscapes. The tough squat farms and barns and the ribbon roads over the moorland are often a feature of my work.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Method of Working:

My working approach is studio based, working from sketches and digital photography. I abstract the images to find the essence and compositional patterns. I work in pastels, acrylics or watercolour on gesso/pumice primed board and use both Unison and Daler-Rowney pastels. I work over an under-painting of either failed watercolour or watercolour washes, usually on large sized mountboard.

Often I will throw myself into a painting without any preparation. This almost always is more likely to lead to a successful outcome than is a preconceived, measured start. Often I will cover the support with watercolour or acrylic, aggressively and randomly, to achieve a patina and cover the inhibiting whit. I then slowly feel my way into the image, drawing into it with Conte and enjoying a ‘wandering line’ until it feels comfortable and balanced, with the right proportion of busy and calm areas.

I block in the main shape in pastel, but consider it important to leave some of the under painting showing for texture and interest.

There comes an inevitable point, however, where dissatisfaction sets in. Almost always this is because the painting has become too explicit, leaving nothing to the viewer’s imagination. Radical measures are required, which can result in success or disaster.

I will often dribble water into the pastel, causing rivulets and textured effects, or I will sweep my hand across the surface to remove detail. I am always looking for an abstracted personal interpretation of the subject.

Awards:

2005 The Bill Patterson Memorial Award
2003 The Cuthbert Award
2002 The Frank Herring Award
2001 The Cuthbert Award

Exhibitions:

June 2009 The Walker Gallery, Harrogate
November 2008 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
June 2006 The Walker Gallery, Harrogate
2006 Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham
The Wykham Gallery, Stockbridge

Contact Details:

Telephone: 01524 251670
Website: www.normastephenson.co.uk

 

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Featured Artist

Jeannette Hayes
Hayes Jeannette Yesterday
' Yesterday '
by Jeannette Hayes

 

Jeannette Hayes PPS 

Biographical Details:

Born in Sweden 1962 Studied Foundation Studies at the Royal Berkshire College of Art B.A (Hons) Fine Art/ Painting at Kingston University
President and Publicity Secretary of THE PASTEL SOCIETY

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Artist's Statement:

Alive with a dynamic expressive energy the landscapes of Jeannette Hayes resonate with a liberated optimistic creativity.
In works that are constructed out of lines and blocks of evocative colour, abstract activity is finely balanced with landscape reference. A love of the exquisiteness and drama of the natural world conveys itself in the drawn marks, gestures and accents of colour. Colour plays a central role - titles often contain a colour: ‘Spring Green’, ‘Orange Mousa’, or ‘Blue Snowing’ - setting an ambient mood to the recording of her experience of a place. This gives the works a poetic quality that is in keeping with the way they were conceived.

Selected Exhibitions:

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh The Discerning Eye, London Diorama Gallery Bartley Drey Gallery Chelsea Art Society The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition Carlyle Gallery The Gallery, Mayfair Pond Galleries ART LONDON The Arts Club, Dover Street The Bedale Gallery Galerie Aaders, La Garde Freinet, France Manor House Gallery Hampshire Art Fair Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Beverley Knowles Fine Art, London The Salt House Gallery, St Ives St David’s Hall, Cardiff Piers Feetham Gallery Alresford Gallery Linda Blackstone Gallery Southampton City Art Gallery Frost and Reed, London Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition) Gallery LeFort, Bath Martin’s Gallery, Cheltenham Artwave West, Dorset Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Selected Awards and Prizes:

Adam & Company/ Spectator Art Prize, Edinburgh 1992 Unison Pastel Materials Award, Pastel Society 2000, 2002 The Arts Club Award, Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2004, 2010 The Debra Manifold Memorial Award, Pastel Society 2005, 2008 Ages Reeve Memorial – Chelsea Art Society 2005 The Henri Roche Pastel Award, Pastel Society 2012 The Derwent Award, Pastel society 2014

Website:

www.jeannettehayes.com 

Images Shown on Welcome Page (Detail  only):

'The Avenue'
'Orange Hill'
'Orange Walk'
'Red Sun'
'Spring Hedge'
'Blue Hills'

     


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