I have always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I carried a pad and pens with me everywhere and drew faces. I drew on school trips, in cafes and even at the cinema. I drew and painted whenever I could but there weren't a lot of opportunities and they got scarcer as I got older. When I retired I decided to start drawing again and I now carry sketchbooks wherever I go. I still love drawing and cannot resist a face, but I have branched out into figure drawing and landscapes with a high graphical element i.e. lots of buildings.
Retiring to Salisbury I joined the Salisbury Group of Artists having never been part of an art group before and came to the Friday afternoon group sessions where I received a warm welcome. I now paint predominately in acrylics and am moving in a more semi abstract/abstract direction. Being someone who believes profoundly in people and communities I have recently offered to become deputy chair for the group to help further its aims of making painting fun for all, but also giving an opportunity learning to get better at it. I look forward to working with a lovely group of people to see what sort of journey we can create together.
I have lived in Salisbury for over 20 years, joining the Salisbury Group of Artists a few years ago. A self taught artist, I have always had a passion for drawing and painting - I started sketching in my late teens, during my travels around the world. Why do I paint? Because the relaxation it affords allows me to become absorbed in the mysteries of creativity. Because of the challenge of working with colour of every sort. Because it gives a fantastic sense of achievement. Because I see painting as a life-long project, filled with endless opportunities.
I have a very simple task as Treasurer – I count the income and pay the bills, hopefully in that order.
Art was never my forte at school but over the years I have come to appreciate its cultural significance and I am now amazed at the breadth of people’s talent.
Secretary and Socials
Treasurer and Membership
Duffryn House, 20 Burford Road,Salisbury SP2 8AN
(phone Josie and Ken Smith 01980846508)
Aims of Salisbury Group of Artists
The Salisbury Group of Artists exists for the advancement and practice of painting and all its allied arts including printing, sculpture, textile, installation, performance, sound, light, video or digital. Membership is open to all who apply for entry and to existing members who wish to renew their membership.
Non members are welcome to talks and painting days without notice but by prior application when requested to events or workshops. The fee for visits will depend on the destination.