Photograph © Sam Travers

My primary interest is painting the landscape and my surroundings. Over time this direct observation has developed into my own visual language. One that is rooted in painting outside in front of my subject but is then developed in the studio into something that is more personal. Something that is more about my response to the landscape than just the landscape itself.

I have exhibited in many leading London and regional galleries and also exhibitions including the Royal West of England Academy and the Bath Society of Artists. I studied History of Art at UCL and Paper Conservation at Camberwell and went on to become a Specialist in 19th Century Paintings for Bonhams Auctioneers before turning to painting full time.

I work in a studio I built outside Holt near Bath. I construct my own canvases, boards and frames and enjoy making them compliment each other. The majority of my work starts as drawings, and then develop into oil paintings and collages. Each work finding its own way and having its own personality. There are figurative and abstract elements at play, the tension between the two is at the heart of what I do. I have a huge respect for the traditional skills of draughtsmanship and use of colour and I am trying to marry these with a very personal approach to what and how I paint.

In the same way as there is a dynamic relationship between the figurative and abstract elements of my work, there is a similar tension between my drawing, painting and collage. The different disciplines bleed into each other, and influence each other. My ambition is to continue learning and painting the world around me and within me, and loving what I do and for that joy to come through in the paintings.

Exhibition History

2022 Moorwood Art, Wychwood Art
2021 Moorwood Art, Wychwood Art, Amanda Aldous, Fosse Gallery
2020 Glebe Gallery, Amanda Aldous, Twenty Twenty Gallery, Fosse Gallery
2019 RWA Open Exhibition, Glebe Gallery solo exhibition, Fosse Gallery
2018 RWA Open Exhibition, Fosse Gallery,
2017 RWA Open Exhibition, BSA Open Exhibition, Piers Feetham, Fosse Gallery

Employment

2007-2016 Bonhams Auctioneers, Specialist, 19th Century Paintings

Education

2015-2016 Prince's Drawing School Life Drawing Course
2014-2015 Royal Academy Life Drawing Course
2006-2007 Camberwell College of Arts, Paper Conversation PgD
2003-2006 University College London, History of Art BA