Christmas shopping this year will most probably be very different ...... Why not support the artists and the makers?!
Check out websites and virtual exhibitions, visit Christmas markets or book time to visit an artists studio and purchase truly memorable gifts for yourself or your loved ones.
There are a couple of different ways that you can enjoy my work this Christmas:
I would love to welcome you to my studio to see my latest work. Lockdown and our current situation has seen me creating my largest paintings to date - a riot of joyous colour awaits you. Original acrylic paintings, pastel paintings on slate tiles, cards, and prints are all available to take away.
To book an appointment please contact me Tara (at) parkerwoolwayartist.co.uk . Face coverings must be worn when visiting and there will be hand sanitiser available at all times during your visit. For those that wish to purchase through my website (www.parkerwoolwayartist.co.uk) most deliveries in the UK are done in person, or I can arrange shipping if you are further afield.
I appreciate that buying artwork can be daunting... But do get in touch if you have your eye on something... I can create a payment plan to help spread the cost if you would like..
I am looking forward to having paintings hanging in the Swindon Open Studios Christmas Market at MAMS Gallery on Eastcote Hill, Swindon. Originally planned for the weekend of 21st/22nd November - it has now been postponed until 12th/13th December. Join us to view some of the best contemporary artists in the Swindon Area. For more information please get in touch.
I am excited to be showing a few paintings in the brewing room at The Radnor Arms, Coleshill in December - Opening drinks to be announced in due course. Enjoy the hospitality of this gem of a pub and bag yourself a bargain! (Again stay posted for Covid related updates!!)
One of the best ways to keep up to date with my work is to follow me on instagram @parkerwoolwayartist . I frequently upload works in progress and studio shots....
I am constantly excited to see the colours and shapes that occur naturally in landscape and the environment which I recreate in my work.
Recently, since the world has taken a turn for the strange, I have started making ephemeral dream like abstract paintings - at 1 x 1.5 m they are the biggest I have ever created. The shapes and colours are reminiscent of flowers, views, hidden spaces, forgotten vistas.
Until now my preferred medium has been chalk pastel. I love the soft velvet-like creamy quality that chalk pastel creates. I have recently created a studio from an old outbuilding on my property and while the roof was being replaced, I noticed a beauty in the old roof tiles. Where the slate tiles have overlapped over time a ‘horizon line’ has been left and the weather has caused a beautiful patina on the surface of the tiles. I currently have a series of 30 slate paintings made with the tiles from my studio roof. The landscapes are all inspired by the ancient Oxfordshire Ridgeway which I am lucky enough to see from my studio. The Ridgeway is a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers the 87-mile-long path passes through ancient landscapes, down land, secluded valleys and woodlands. I think that these qualities can be found in my slate paintings, they are landscapes of the imagination that draw you in and are familiar in a comforting way.
As the surface of the tile is slate, the chalk pastel cannot be fixed to the tile. I have tried fixing before and after applying the chalk but neither will work to permanently fix the marks, so each piece is presented behind glass mounted on card in a 4 cm deep box frame. The overall effect is one of giving the piece the quality of an artefact, something stored for the future.
My other passion is British wildlife and i have for years been fascinated by rendering the texture of fur and feathers. there are always wild birds, hares and animals adorning the walls of the studio.