Hi Eleanor. Thank you so much for all your wonderful submissions to the Artspace Gallery, and for taking the time to talk about you and your work.
Q – What is your background?
A – I am a self-taught artist who has been developing their skills and experience in art for approximately 5 years. Although, I had always considered myself to be artistic I had become discouraged after failing my Art O Level and put my passion for art to one side whilst I followed my career path into teaching. I now work part time as an SEN Teacher in a Secondary School and enjoy being creative on the days when I am not at work!
Q – How did you get into art?
A- When my mother died 4 years ago I began painting and found it to be extremely therapeutic. My father also died 2 years ago. Much of the work I did initially was a helpful way of processing my grief.
Q – Where do you live and does living there influence your creative process or provide inspiration in another way?
A – I live in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, very close to the beautiful Leckhampton Hill. I am inspired by the local landscape and regularly paint from my experience of this landscape. I find that walking in the countryside provides me with inspiration and helps me to process my ideas for artwork.
Q – What is your chosen subject and why?
A – I have recently been painting a lot from my experiences of landscape around the Cotswolds but I also very much enjoy painting portraits of people.
Q – What medium and materials do you work with?
A – I work mainly in watercolour and acrylic paint though also use pastels from time to time. I am keen to do more work in soft pastels. I also like to experiment and mix media and particularly enjoy exploring the qualities of different media.
Q – How would you describe your style? How has your style evolved over time, and what has influenced its development?
A – I would describe my style as ‘loose’ and impressionistic. I tend to take risks–which sometimes don’t work. I enjoy sketching in pen rather than pencil and like experimenting when using watercolour to see what happens! I think that overtime, I have become more confident in my style and am less nervous about making mistakes. I know my work is not perfect but my main concern in painting is to try and convey a sense of atmosphere or emotion. I take inspiration from a range of artists who I follow on Instagram but am particularly inspired by the works of Monet, Cezanne and Turner, as well as John Piper!
Q – What’s your studio like?
A – I am very fortunate to have a ‘garden room’ space outside my backdoor which is big enough to spread out all my equipment and make a mess. I love working in this room and I have space on the walls to hang a range of my work.
Q- Is there an artwork you are most proud of?
A – I am pleased with a number of pieces, my favourite ones I hang in my house or try to sell. (I have a small gallery space in a local Church/Community Centre, although currently my work here is not getting viewed very much.) I feel that there is so much more to learn and I don’t believe I have yet produced my best work…. Ask me again in a year or two!
You can keep up to date with Eleanor’s work on Instagram @eclaret70