Gillian Durno Paintings

Biography

GILLIAN DURNO PAINTINGS

 

QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING: BA HONS IN PRIMARY TEACHING WITH ART AS MY SPECIALIST SUBJECT  

 Studio image black and white

1989-1993

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. A keen gardener, I was fortunate to inherit a beautiful, well stocked cottage garden which provides year round interest and inspiration for my paintings.  

A passion for flowers dominates 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 in Rutland.

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 and pastels. 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

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