Description From an original gouache and acrylic painting on paper, approx 15 x 11 inches.. Bold red-orange nasturtiums and their characteristic leaves set against a near-black background for colour effect. Available in several sizes (except the very large ones).
Christine Derrick, England, United Kingdom Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement Christine is primarily a self-taught artist, having had no formal art education and attending only local evening classes in the 1970's. She bought her first set of paints (oils) in 1974 and concentrated on landscape painting for quite a number of years. In the 1980's Christine decided to have a go with pastels as well, having been recommended to try them as a "break" from oils. During the following ten years or so, she explored more media, including gouache, coloured inks and pencils. By the mid 1990's, Christine was having difficulty with mobility and instead of going out looking for landscapes, she found it more comfortable to tackle the garden flowers as subjects.
This completely new direction led on to a wide variety of work being completed, initially in a fairly traditional style. In 1999 Christine set up a small website called CottageGallery; this was eventually replaced by her current one in 2001. A growing demand for more simplified, semi-abstract subjects encouraged the production of bolder and larger floral work, most of which sells to UK buyers. By 2004, Christine was starting to accept small commissions and has since completed around 15 to 18 pieces for private buyers; for hanging in their own homes, or small office, or as gift items. These have ranged from 6-inch miniature framed anemones for bridesmaids' items to a 36" diptych semi-abstract poppy for a bedroom. Several small pastel landscapes have sold to private buyers in the USA, and some have been commissioned locally.
Most of Christine's work is sold online; unfortunately she doesn't have a studio that people can visit, so the Internet offers an ideal alternative. She does not have the resources to undertake solo exhibitions, but has supported her local area shows for several decades, with a variety of work. In 2007 she was invited to contribute an image for the artists' book "The Acrylic Flower Painters' A to Z". Today she works happily with oils, pastels and acrylic on both floral and landscape-related topics.