Elaine O’Donnell

September 3, 2018

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Elaine is a self-taught painter from Lincolnshire who started painting at an early age, winning her first award for painting at nine years of age. She has won many national watercolour awards since, and recently became a finalist in International Artists Magazine’s art challenge “Florals and Gardens” with her watercolour painting Iris Florentina.

EOdonnell_ScampsWatchesDancingAtDawn_550Elaine has exhibited her work in many local venue’s around Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, notably the Carre Gallery, Sleaford, the Ferens in Hull, Patchings in Nottinghamshire, and at London’s Olympia.  She has also had  solo shows at Spire Gallery, Louth, Alford Manor House, Grimsby Library and twice at Utterby Parish rooms near where she lives.

EOdonnell_CatchingTheLight_550Elaine says, “Over the years I have turned my hand to painting on silk and then to watercolours and oils, setting me on the road to being known as a colourist.  I am now in the throes of further learning having made two trips to “Florence Studio’s” in Florence, Italy, under the wonderful tutelage of Florence Academy alumni Laura Thompson, an oil painter, and her husband Frank Rekrut, a sculptor.  Also, having had three learning curves at the Norfolk Painting School taught by master painter and owner/director Martin Kinnear, I am now in the throes of further experimentation in oils by layering colour glazes and also mixing white into colour using a limited palette to paint skin tones in portraits and all that entails.  I also try to develop and include pattern and texture in my paintings.  With a keen eye and desire to paint what I believe to be beautiful, you will see emerging from my art collection those special people, my favourite flowers, fruit and china, my love for cats, and anything else that may catch my eye along my artistic journey.”

Elaine O’Donnell Website (opens in new window/tab)

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day except Sunday until 15 September.

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Photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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