Mather Gallery catches up with the talented and gracious local artist Anne Blundell to find out more about her background and inspiration behind her stunning paintings and successful career.
"I grew up in what was a little fishing village on the outskirts of Southport, Lancashire. Our family house was third from the 'Embankment' that held back the Irish Sea. My Grandfather was a fisherman and Southport was famous for its potted shrimp. As a child I was allowed to wander along the embankment and onto the marsh often joined by Malcolm who many years later became my husband and unsurprisingly he came from a family of fishermen.
"I attended a Girls grammar school and became a Registered Nurse. After marrying I joined a local company and over the years became the head of a National Metrology Laboratory. Throughout my working career I painted for friends and family. Now our children have grown up I have been able to give up full time work and concentrate on painting.
"What influences my painting? I enjoy nature and wild countryside yet like to feel as happy and carefree as I did wandering the Marsh and climbing over old washed up boats. Painting naive waterside scenes is particularly satisfying as I can express myself in the spirit of the story without the constraints of perspective or realistic hues, and enter a somewhat imaginative world where all can share in these holiday experiences and memories'."
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Lancashire artist Elaine Mather enjoyed a successful career working in textile design for many years before becoming a full time artist. Because of this background Elaine had gained a great insight into the use of colour & texture before leaving her role to pursue a career as a full-time artist.
For Many Years Elaine was Published by Solomon & Whitehead where she developed her art, and now she exclusively displays at Mather Gallery.
In August 2015, Elaine was selected from over 400 applicants to take part in The Castle Galleries Summer Exhibition, a showcase of emerging visual talents. Out of the 20 shortlisted artists exhibiting, Elaine’s work proved to be extremely popular with her bold, striking depictions of majestic trees making a big impact upon collectors. So much so that Washington Green Fine Arts decided to publish her work as a collection of limited edition art.
Elaine Mather has long admired the work of Vincent Van Gogh, and the bold use of vibrant colours he is known for, trying to emulate them in her own work. She says: “On occasions I believe him like me to have a great respect for trees and the way they punctuate and protect our landscape.”
Elaine’s work is inspired by trees in nature, and she loves nothing more than spending time walking, sketching and photographing in the UK and European countryside, particularly the Italian Dolomites. Her husband is an international mountain guide who helped introduce her to the stunning landscapes which inspires her paintings.
She says: “What I get from painting is the chance to look at the world around me; be aware of the turning of the seasons and notice the incredible colours of nature. With landscapes I feel it is not so much an idea, but an ability to compliment what is already there. Nature is the most beautiful thing in the world, yet we are so quick to destroy it. The vibrant colours I use in my trees make them much less likely to be passed over or ignored.”
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