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Baroque Pearls

Looking through the selection of my artwork I had the impression that upon first glimpse it all looked so disparate.

However, having made the pieces using pen, brush and hands to express the flights of imagination, representation or even accidental meanderings there is a connecting thread. One person, influenced by their surroundings, history and desires subconsciously depicts these experiences. As with all the human facets be they, handwriting, tastes, character, posture, speech, the creative urge reacts and develops over the years. Now some may say that one ought to stick to a particular style, subject matter and become its master or rather as I prefer in this case the world and what it offers is my oyster. Instead of narrowing my field it seems as if the continuous variety of the materials and subject matter do well to satisfy the infinite creative juices.

When nervously going for my interview at the Norwich Art School in 1979 I remember presenting my portfolio to the head of the fine art department, Ed Middleditch and other staff members/artists including Derrick Greaves and Nigel Henderson. During the inspection the panel used the word 'dilettante' to describe me and the work. After what seemed a long afternoon I left the office rather tearfully, feeling rather that what I had applied for was out of reach. However a few weeks later the letter arrived to say I had been accepted for the Bachelors degree course. This girl was so happy; suffice to say it followed with those years becoming some very interesting and rewarding chapters in a life's encyclopedia. Naturally, the comment I'd heard stayed in my mind and over the years, one might say, inadvertently resolved to turn it into a postive aspect of what was keeping me busy.

Hence, a generation later, we arrive at a cornucopia of pieces, reflecting the last few years' work. The nuances of the scribbles, the mixing of the innumerable colours and materials continually succeed in capturing the fascination. Constantly trying to work on the techniques, sift through the deluge of interesting subjects, images and stories I'm glad to be in a position to be able to realise the pearly fancies.

At times a veritable baroque existence.


Posted by GWENDOLYN JENNER on 11/1/12

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