Two landscape artists, Elizabeth Baldin and Clare Butcha are showcasing their artwork depicting the local area and also the coast and countryside of the UK this week at the Old Fire Station Gallery starting tomorrow (27 October) until 1 November.
There is an emphasis on special places that have stories attached to them.
Elizabeth’s first career was in graphic design. She studied at Bristol Art College, where she qualified with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and for many years was employed as a book designer for a major publishing company. But her passion was painting and she became a freelance designer in order to be able to devote some more of her time to her art.
Over the years she has worked in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Recently she finds she is painting more watercolours mixed with acrylic inks. She uses this method to paint atmospheric landscapes of the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
She also paints impressionist landscapes with acrylics, concentrating on lively brushwork and dynamic colour combinations to depict the Berkshire countryside near her home or the coastal regions of Hampshire and Devon. These paintings are developed from sketches she has made on location.
Elizabeth has exhibited at the Windsor Art Fair, the Reading Contemporary Art Fair, and has taken part in the Henley Arts Trail and the West Berkshire Open Studios Scheme. She is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists as well as a number of local art groups in Berkshire.
Clare is a local artist who has continuously painted throughout her life and who has won awards for her work, created in a unique style. Specialising in painting land and seascapes of the UK, Clare interprets these in an individual way using thin layers of oils.
Sketching in preparation for paintings is done in watercolours and often takes place on a windy sea cliff, hillside, lake ,field or river. Dawn and dusk are a favourite time of day.
Clare exhibits as a member of local art groups and also with Henley Art Trail, as well as being represented in galleries in Henley and the home counties.
The exhibition is open from 10.00-4.00pm daily.