Sunday, 22 February 2015

Eileen Turner March Guest Artist at Studio 61 Gallery

This months guest artist at Studio 61 Gallery is Eileen Turner.

Eileen Turner lives in the village of Lea in Derbyshire close to the World Heritage site of the Derwent Mills. She has been painting professionally since 2000 and works mainly in watercolour.
The sequence of the seasons, light and shade and the shapes and patterns created by animal movement are very influential in her painting. Eileen has been with Studio 61 since it opened in 2005 & her work is very popular. 

She is continually drawn to countryside activities, farm animals and wildlife. Hares are particularly close to her heart. When walking in the meadows around her home she often comes across these mystical creatures. Creating an image of their energy and alertness is one of the challenges which she enjoys most.

 Eileen’s watercolours of brown hares have become very collectable over the last ten years. Much of her inspiration has come from trips to the Isle of Islay on the West Coast of Scotland in the summer.

Here Eileen paints and sketches the local brown hares in their wild environment where they are much tamer than their English cousins. She is able to stay close to them and observe their antics as
they play in the fields especially in the clear light of the evening when the suns rays are low and golden.

She has loved , owned and ridden horses for most of her life and really likes to portray the character of the horse in its many forms; in sport, working on the land, country pursuits or in contemporary art work. Eileen also paints farmyard characters, cockerels, horses and hounds and often has an interesting selection of original watercolours together with Limited Edition Prints and cards.

Eileen has exhibited in UK galleries widely over the last ten years and sells her work internationally. You may see her during the summer at local agricultural shows where she sells her work from a blue marquee.
The gallery is open 10 - 5 Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday 11 - 4, browsers always welcome and please enjoy a quick cuppa too while you are here.