Rosie Hitchen Art Exhibition
Mon Sep 16 @ 8.30 pm - Mon Oct 21 @ 11.00 pm
Having studied art at York St John’s in the 1990s, specialising in painting, I then trained as an art teacher and have taught art ever since. During my early years as an art teacher, I continued to pursue my own practice and undertook further training in ceramics, jewellery making and printmaking. I have however, always returned to my first love of painting and was lucky enough to move house and gain a garden studio 4 years ago. Since then, I have been able to commit more time to painting alongside my teaching and last year, began to exhibit my work.
The first thing people see when they look at my paintings is colour. Time and again, people comment on the bold and vivid nature of my work, but it is when they take the time to look closely that they discover there is often more to it than that. I am interested in exploring the everyday with still life as a basis for my painting, but as my work progresses I am finding that it is also giving me a voice with which to explore and express experiences, ideas and a sense of things. I work in acrylics and oils on a variety of scales. Rather than working from sketches, I tend to work out my ideas on the canvas, removing, reworking and developing the colours and compositions as I go. I prefer to work on several pieces at once, allowing ‘rest time’ for a picture to settle itself and reveal to me what needs doing to complete it. Most pieces take just a few weeks to complete in this way: some take much longer to resolve. And others still never quite feel finished to me.