Meet the Artist – Valerie Taylor

September 28, 2009 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

VR1 CLINGING TREES 28X38cm £75What type of art work you do?   Landscapes and life in charcoal and/or watercolour mainly, but sometimes I find an image begging for, for example, a drypoint line, or collograph (printing from a collage). I do paint in oils but find I am less free.

What inspires you / influences your work?   Looking for the essence of something I see that excites me – the colour of a model’s skin, where the weight lies in a pose, the angle of a tree against a hillside, shapes within a landscape – trying to express the key. 

How did you come to be doing this type of work?  It all started with Life Drawing which I could pop along to a group or class and do even when bringing up my family of four.  And I still need to do it from time to time to “keep my eye in”.  From the body to the landscape seemed a natural transition.

VR2 STIPERSTONES, STORMY charcoal 35x50cm £100Where did you train / develop your work?  Always Adult Education over many years:  Folkestone Arts Centre, St Ives School of Painting, South Thames (in the days when there was Life Drawing in Tooting!) Morley College, etc.

I have been “opening” my house with friends since 1998.   Of course I like to sell some work, but it has also proved a means of making new friends who may be other artists or neighbours and nowadays a community activity.

What can visitors to your open house look forward to?  A warm reception and a works in a variety of media.   This year visitors will, in addition to my paintings and drawings, be able to see some fine etchings by Christopher Browne, brightly coloured felt bags and gifts, Lesley Martin’s ceramic doves, fat cats and pooches – simplified creatures with individual personalities and Ann Funston’s watercolours and glass panels, dishes and jewellery.

Whose work are you looking forward to seeing in the Wandsworth Artists OpenVR3 SUMMER 09 002 House?   I’ll be lucky to see anything!   It is difficult to leave the house because when people have been invited they expect to find you there!  But I am most likely to be able to pop along to Cynthia Wild, a very exciting artist and Sally Dunnett the glass artist.   I have yet to see the work of Adam Tudor who is actually probably the nearest – that is a must this year because he called when I was out last year.

What do you like about being an artist living or working in Tooting?    I can live and work in my house where most of the time it is surprisingly very peaceful and then touch a vibrant world by just walking around the corner.

Who is favourite artist / art work and why?     Ben Nicholson – the master of simplification of landscape.

What new projects do you have planned next?   Having had a busy summer doing lots of painting in the English countryside, the next months will be a time to contemplate the work I have done, where it is going and where to take it.

And finally, do you have any exhibitions planned?   As a member of WAC (the Wandsworth Artists’ Co-operative) I hope to be showing in Battersea in November and at the Cotton Atrium in May 2010 if the plans come together.

Thank you.  Valerie’s work will be on display at venue 56 in the brochure.

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