Nina French

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Along the path at Bosham Creek

Along the path at Bosham Creek

Looking out across Northumberland

Looking out across Northumberland

Sunflowers from my garden

Sunflowers from my garden

Biography

Having trained as a jewellery designer and followed that path for some years, I ended up working outside of the creative world until I retired a few years ago. I saw my retirement as an opportunity to return to my first love of painting and drawing and I began to explore the medium of watercolour. I have loved getting back to the creative process and the time I have spent trying to get to grips with this medium. Attending workshops, art classes and talking to inspiring artists have fuelled my interest and desire to paint more. I would now love to share my artwork and to have it enrich the homes of those people who may appreciate it. Taking part in Art in the Park would bring my work directly to potential customers, a great way to sell art.

inspiration

The rural British landscape is abundant with rich hues of luscious greens, moody skies of greys, blues and blacks and awe inspiring vistas from high ground to sea shores. My eye is caught by the contrasting shapes of trees and the movement of wildflowers and grasses picked out against an open view. As I travel around, the ever changing palette of the countryside is an endless source of inspiration. The flowers I grow in my garden provide subjects which lead me through the seasons. From whites and pale yellows, soft pinks to rich reds, purples and oranges, there is always colour to inspire me.

medium

With watercolour I love the way the paint will move and blend in sometimes unpredictable ways so that each time you paint exciting things happen on the paper. This may lead me in different directions to the ones I may have first intended. I try to work with this rather than attempt too much control. I love rich colours which can make a big impact but also the subtlety which can be created. Occasionally I add inks to my paintings which enhance the variety of mark making and create texture and movement. This is usually an unpredictable and nerve wracking process, there is always a surprise with watercolour! This all adds to my fascination of working with this medium. My challenge is to work towards a looser style leaving the paint to guide me but also being able to add the finer details of the subject in a controlled way.