GILLIAN DURNO PAINTINGS
QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING: BA HONS IN PRIMARY TEACHING WITH ART AS MY SPECIALIST SUBJECT
BISHOP GROSSESTESTE COLLEGE, LINCOLN
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
My work is a celebration of my interest in still life, flowers, landscape and texture.
I paint from my studio set in my attractive stone walled garden at home and my beautiful airy studio at North Luffenham Hall, North Luffenham.
A keen gardener, I was fortunate to inherit a beautiful, well stocked cottage garden which provides year round interest and inspiration for my paintings. The rolling hills of Rutland, and the local landscape provide a wonderful backdrop to my Rutland studio and always offer something inspiring to paint.
A passion for flowers and landscape dominate my painting in particular. I am always making mental notes about colours, shapes, lines and textures when I am walking around my garden and the beautiful surrounding countryside where I live.
I am particularly inspired by the continual cycle of nature, this often dictates what I create and paint on a day to day basis. Texture has become an exciting feature of my work, I am very interested in 'creating' layers of texture with collage and mixed media, in particular using tissue paper, masonry paint, acrylics, inks, pastels and more recently copper leaf. Largely painting using a palette knife allows me to 'scratch out' areas of paint, this adds interest to paintings revealing unexpected areas of underpainting and providing a depth to my paintings not achieved with brushwork alone.
Inspiration also comes from contemporary artists such as Barbara Rae, Mary Fedden and William Selby. I particularly admire their depiction of everyday objects suspended in their own space and Barbara Rae's striking use of abstraction and contrasting colour in her landscapes.
Copyright of artwork is retained by Gillian Durno