Here's a list of artists and their stories for Artweeks 2019
After suffering from a stroke at the age of 34, in hospital rehab I learnt art therapy which helped with ways to cope and adjust through a difficult transitional period in my life. Not only did it help in dealing with pain I was experiencing via a distraction and taking my mind away from what felt utter chaos, but it also helped regain some use of my affected arm. I began painting very basic pictures just for types of movement and it very quickly became apparent I had gained something quite wonderful. My eyesight was affected from the stroke but the way I see colour which at first seemed a curse with overload of senses is actually a huge blessing. I set up a blog called Stroke of a Brush and the name came from my aphasia. I was trying to say brush stroke and it came out wrong but then I had a name for my blog. My blog is about raising positive awareness of my recovery and strokes in general all via my artwork. I sell my artwork for great causes allowing me to donate to various stroke charities including Different Strokes Charity who have played a huge role in my recovery, as well as where I received rehabilitation treatment.
Francesca Darby www.chessdarbyartworks.com
is a Middle Eastern Artist based in the UK. Having had moved to the UK at the age of 13, independently, the artist overcame mental health complications through the power of Art.
Using bright colours and a combination of media such as oil paint, acrylics, ink, charcoal, oil pastels and even kitchen tea towels, the objective of her work is to challenge the censorship of rawness, including suppressing “negative” emotions such as jealousy, guilt, anger and sadness.
The paintings are based on work from life including self-portraits. Often the models posing for the artist are defensive towards the life drawings because of the reflected emotional distress the artist captures in them. Mariam invites her audience and models to embrace their vulnerabilities and sensuality.
I have been painting for a number of years. I have worked with oils, pen and ink. Now mainly acrylic landscapes.
Hazel Childs (Encaustic Art)
I am an amateur and self-taught artist from Oxfordshire. From a young age or perhaps as long as I can remember, I've always had a strong passion and interest in art, despite never receiving any formal training at school. Nevertheless it did not stop my love for sketching and doodling.
My main art medium is working with wax; known as Encaustic Art (again self taught). In 2015 I began attending art classes at the Mill Arts Centre and later Lisa Jayne Art studios (Banbury) before then, I had never picked up a paint brush.
As part of my 2017 new years resolution and encouraged by my family and friends, I decided to pursue my dream of exhibiting and showcasing my work. Since then, I've not only managed to exhibit my work at the Student Arts Centre in Banbury and Bicester Arts festival; my work has also been featured twice on a TV craft channel.
I love working with wax, acrylic paint and watercolours. I'm also a keen crafter. Art is a huge part of my life now, and the idea of sharing that enthusiasm with others is exciting. As a self-taught artist (and still learning new art forms) I want to prove to others, that anyone can create art, which I hope to demonstrate examples of Encaustic Art, using wax, iron stylus and hotplate during Artweeks.