Jane Strother with Ella Clocksin
LAND MARKS at The Old Fire Engine House, Ely, Cambs
'Both contemporary painters’ work concerns landscapes that have long borne the marks of human activity or intervention. Their responses to human marks in the environment are mediated through their individual sensibilities
in composition, colour, mark-making and degrees of abstraction.
This is a return to The Old Fire Engine House Gallery for Clocksin and Strother who, unknown to each other at the time, have both shown here in the past when they lived in Cambridgeshire. They now run studios in neighbouring
roads in Oxford.
The gallery is open daily during the show: 10.30am – 10.30pm Mon-Sat, 12-5pm Sundays
I am an experienced teacher of painting and drawing. I work with beginners and those with experience aiming to challenge students to develop their work, to experiment, to lose inhibition and to learn skills and techniques. I use acrylics for teaching purposes appropriate to working in oils or mixed media.
Privately run classes for small groups are run in my garden studio, in community halls or on location. I work for a number of other organisations; the Oxford Summer School and Abingdon and Witney College (Oxfordshire Adult Learning) particularly.
From March 2019, these include:
Independent Project Development courses - weekly sessions aiming to support you devise and achieve your own goals, in a group situation.
Towards Abstraction - weekly courses for post beginners.
Basic Colour Theory and Using it - A three day course in my studio,
Colour and Composition - a week long course for the Oxford Summer School for post beginners.
One day workshops on drawing or printmaking or sketching outside.
Do get in touch with me via this site or my website www.janestrother.co.uk if you would like more information or would like to be added to my mailing list for future exhibitions or classes.
I'm a walker! Anywhere but particularly coast or hill country, the more 'weather' the better. I observe, sketch, photograph, reflect, often alone or with a like-minded companion. A life time's enthusiasm for topography, natural habitat and wild life, particularly botany, suggests my subject.
Current work is about the mudflats and shingle beaches of the less well known Essex and Suffolk coast and some of the hardy plants (Sea Pea, Sea Lettuce...) that grow there. A growing angle to my work is an interest in the human footprint on these habitats, for good or for worse, exemplified in 'Ordinary Landscapes', an exhibition on indigenous orchids, held a few years ago.
I am a studio painter in that I devise and build a final image through many stages and layers of paint. Once the subject is established, the form of the work takes precedent. I am excited by composition, colour and value relationships, the quality of a mark and its location!
You'll find large (1000mm x 1200mm), small (200 x 240mm) and all sizes in between, in oil usually, sometimes acrylic, mostly on canvas, board and paper. Enjoy lots of colour, bright, muted, moody, evocative of hot sun and big skies or rain swept hills. I am always on hand to talk about my work, explain or discuss technique. Or I will leave you space to browse for as long as you like. My exhibition is large, with new and past work plus sketchbooks. All paintings are for sale at prices between about £50 and £1500. Come and visit!
I have exhibited widely in Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, London and Oxford in group and solo shows, most recently in the 2017 National Open Art exhibition on London's South Bank and of course, annually in the Oxford Visual Arts Festival - Artweeks! This year is my 25th consecutive year!
Via contact page www.janestrother.co.uk