This months featured artist is Anna Clarke. I have known Anna for a few years now and we have exhibited at the same locations on numerous occasions. I hope you enjoy readying this lovely ladies story.
Your name: Anna Clarke
Where do you live? Bookham, Surrey
What is your background? Whether I’m trying to capture the rugged scenery of the countryside in Bulgaria, where I grew up overlooking a mountainous landscape, or the gentle rolling hills of Surrey, where I live now, the natural world is my absolute favourite subject.
I love reflecting the colours of the seasons. Capturing the changing light and colours of the turning seasons and representing the natural world in an abstract form is both a challenge and a pleasure. From autumnal whirls of reds and oranges to austere whites and greys of winter, I try to capture the essence of the landscape whilst leaving something to the viewer’s imagination.
I paint mainly from my imagination because I love the freedom of evocation and intuition. This often results in a wide variety of expressive artwork – from florals and semi-abstract landscapes to cosmic and pure abstract work.
How did you learn your craft i.e. college, self-taught etc. and what did that entail?
I am largely self-taught, but I enhanced my skills by attending courses at prestigious art schools in London, first at the University of the Arts London (Central Saint Martins College), where I honed my oil on canvas style and later at London City College, where I was guided to perfect my use of acrylics. Following a career in marketing, I finally turned my passion for art into a full-time occupation. Despite a busy family life in Bookham, I have been exhibiting my work in local and online galleries as well as in numerous art fairs and events in and around Surrey. This has resulted in some really great feedback; many, many happy customers and, fortunately for me, now includes numerous commissions for people and businesses from all around the world.
Which media do you prefer to work with?
I love using lots of different products which means that I am constantly experimenting with them and consequently I work in a large range of media, ranging from oil, charcoal and acrylics to handmade felt and mixed media. I don’t have a particular favourite. It just depends on how I am feeling when I decide to start on a new piece of work.
What does your work aim to say?
I also love representing the natural world in an abstract form, capturing its essence whilst leaving something to the viewer’s imagination. For me, trying to tell you everything would be like giving you a photograph. I hope that in viewing my work you will make you own sense out of what I have produced and fall in love with it, probably for very different reasons than the reasons I made it in the first place.
Does your work comment in anyway on current social or political issues?
I like my work to bring happiness for me and the people who view it. We live in very troubled times with so many social, political and economic issues. So, whilst I tend to steer away from the political or social issues, I hope that my work will bring joy and well-being to the viewer.
Where can people see your art, do you have any exhibitions coming up?
We are currently living in strange times and so my work is not being exhibited in public for you to view but I do have a website where you can see my work.
I also have an events list on there ready for when the country returns to normal.
Please do check it out at http://www.annaclarke.art
How can readers find out more about you e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc?
As well as my website I have an Instagram account which I post to on a regular basis – @annaclarkeart – and I have a Facebook page where I also post on a regular basis, too – @annaclarke.art
I am always happy to be contacted and you are welcome to email me at. Anna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have plans to take part in online exhibitions and details of these will be posted on my Facebook page, my Instagram page as well as on my website. Please do take a look to find out what I am planning to do next.