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The world, into which I was born as Jean Day, was I now realise one of shortages and fear. I however had not the slightest inkling of the devastation happening all over the world and spent my childhood gazing at the world in wonder.

As a child my happiest hours were spent drawing, reading, or wandering amongst fields and woodland.

I would lose myself in details, ‘Daydreaming’ they said but as far as I was concerned I was just gathering information as I gazed, for who knows how long, at such things as a crowd of butterflies on a buddleia bush.

If Christmas bought a box of paints and a book I was content.

I was accepted at Bournville College of Art for one year’s foundation course (finishing in the same year that our eldest daughter was also accepted…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 29
  • Joined April 11, 2012

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watercolour, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, oil, inks

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About

The world, into which I was born as Jean Day, was I now realise one of shortages and fear. I however had not the slightest inkling of the devastation happening all over the world and spent my childhood gazing at the world in wonder.

As a child my happiest hours were spent drawing, reading, or wandering amongst fields and woodland.

I would lose myself in details, ‘Daydreaming’ they said but as far as I was concerned I was just gathering information as I gazed, for who knows how long, at such things as a crowd of butterflies on a buddleia bush.

If Christmas bought a box of paints and a book I was content.

I was accepted at Bournville College of Art for one year’s foundation course (finishing in the same year that our eldest daughter was also accepted there) and then onto an honours degree course in Graphic Design, at what was then Birmingham polytechnic

The knowledge and experience that I obtained in these years opened up a whole new world to me
After graduating I became Graphic designer for a local wildlife charity and also did some freelance work before we moved to Galloway.

I have lived here for 26 years now and in that time have had my work exhibited in local galleries, including one man shows at ‘The Tollbooth’ and the ‘Mill on the Fleet’ and now have paintings in private collections all over the world.

Every day I gaze at the hills and they are different. Sometimes they are a forbidding mass suddenly transformed by a shaft of sunlight. Other times they are melted by rain or draped by veils of mist. Occasionally as the hills emerge from the low light that precedes the dawn the glow of the rising sun turns them incredibly red. Their silhouettes against the light of the setting sun are magical. I could paint them constantly and the results would never be the same

I am always surprised by the light as it focuses on an aspect of a familiar scene and I realise I do not know it after all.

It gives me great pleasure to pass on some of the things I have learned about creating pictures and I have had the opportunity to do this by helping a group known as ‘Art for All’ in the ‘Castle Douglas Community Centre’.

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