This web site was created to share my art and my love of painting.
I started oil painting in 2014 and made this self portrait in 2018. If I can learn to paint like this in 4 years then so can you! It was fun to paint and my friends and family say that it really looks like me.
I have recently moved to Devon and am having a whale of a time painting local landscapes. I have just started a Meetup called “Paignton Fine Art Workshops” and would love to meet you if you’d like to attend; the aim is to meet monthly.
I would love to help you paint something to be proud of (maybe a self portrait, a still life or a landscape).
Please have a look at examples of my work both here and on Instagram allisonedwards7595.
Contact me if you would like to buy or commission a painting or to discuss how I can help you succeed on your painting journey.
My own artistic journey
I spent 30 years working in the creative sector as an owner manager of agencies and as a business psychologist. Five years ago I decided to focus on my art and now spend my time painting and teaching which I love.
Having an inquisitive nature and a scientific background I was keen to understand the “science” behind painting. Due to this interest I spent the last five years reading and studying with top artists and as a result gained a lot of knowledge. Reading “Traditional Oil Painting”, by Virgil Elliott also taught me a lot of the factual basics. But it was the time I spent with the following artists that enabled me to learn some important intangibles.
- David Grey
- Tina Garrett
- Teresa Oxaca
- Danny Ferland
- Cesar Santos
- Louis Smith
It was a pleasure to be able to ask these artists questions, probe their methodology and just watch them paint! One of the most important lessons I learnt was that I needed to practice what I had learnt from these artists. I needed to stop worrying about what I did or did not know instead I needed to “Just Do It!”. As an aspiring artist you should try to paint or draw as often as they can. My own workshops combine some theory and lots of practice!
Every artists needs a mentor/teacher and my first mentor was Mike Skidmore. Subsequently I have been lucky enough to work with Tina Garrett an accomplished portrait artist based in America. Each taught me something different including composition, techniques and artistic poetry. I have tried to incorporate some of it into all that I do. Let me help you improve your techniques and paintings too.
My Favourite Artists:
My favourite artists include Bouguereau, Sargent, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas and Monet but as each month goes by I discover another favourite! One of my favourite pastimes is visiting art galleries and museums so that I can study the old masters. Mind you, I love to visit modern high street art galleries as well. Do please feel free to contact me and tell me who your favourite artists are and why.
Collectors and Buyers:
I paint eclectically not wishing to focus on only one subject or genre. Consequently I paint landscapes, wild life, still life and portraits (the latter is my favourite). Please take a look on Instagram (allisonedwards7595) and in my shop and see if there is something there to your liking. If not then contact me and tell me what you are looking for and I will do my best to create it for you.
Workshops/Mentoring/Art Parties (Hen parties):
What do you like to paint, what is your passion, what are the areas that you would like to improve? One of my goals is to help you gain confidence in your drawing and painting and to pass on some of the knowledge that I have learnt. As a result of this I love to teach either on a one-to-one basis and in groups. Do email me for a list of current options, dates and prices.
Julian Lewis (one of my models) and I enjoy organising art workshops for birthday parties and hen nights. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of work produced by your party guests. Julian is an amazing male life model who creates very dynamic and dramatic poses. Let us know what you would like to do and we will do our best to help you on your special day.
Whenever I can I try to incorporate new knowledge and experiences into my paintings. My blogs try to summarise what I have learnt so far. It’s my honest belief that I will never cease learning and neither will you! Furthermore I also learn as much from my students as they do from me. Yes – I regularly blog but not too often (I promise) and run online auctions in order to sell my paintings. If you sign up for my blog I will send you a free summary of “How to kick start your oil painting adventure”. I will also let you know when the next auction is due to happen.
Remember if you can’t see what you want just email or phone me and I will do my best to help you. See contact page.