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Felicity Robinson felicityknappstudio

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Submerged shadows


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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

My work is...Expressive, organic, abstract art inspired by the natural world.
Why? to give you, the viewer, the enjoyment of the natural energy I see in our environment.
I love the challenge of creating a piece of work that expresses the character of a place, a feeling, or an atmosphere. This could be anything from a wet walk on the hills, to a quiet, microscopic, hidden natural world on land or sea. My inspiration may come from visiting a particular place, reading a scientific article or a remembered feeling from the past.

Biophilia. The natural world is endlessly fascinating, in all its intricacies, so in my work I focus on visual texture and the restorative impact of nature, but also I aim to give people pause to think about what we are losing. There is a powerful thread of biophilia through my work inspired by our human connection with the natural world around us.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

The more I discover about the science, the more I enjoy the intricacies of the natural world and our human connection with it. I love to explore through close observation, sketching and experimenting with materials in my art. This has become fundamental to what my artwork is all about. I’d love to know what you might see in it? As a visitor to a recent show said about my organic expressive abstract art “it draws you in, and you bring your own feelings and responses to it, positive or negative”.  Of course, abstract work may not be your thing at all, but the conversations I have had at shows and on-line are fascinating and everyone finds their own meaning in a piece of work.

My painting process starts intuitively with layers of experimentation and fun, using a wide range of paints, inks and tools often including plants and earth pigments too. Some tools I make for myself (and other artists) using natural materials sourced while sketching outside. Materials and tools lead the way, and the painting moves towards resolution as I respond to the evolving work. I just love the alchemy of paint and mixed media.
Do take a closer look and delve into the details!

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am an artist, landscape architect and teacher.
My art business trades as “Felicity Knapp Studio”
As a landscape architect and teacher I trade as "Landscapes Naturally"

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My community workshops are designed to be fun, engaging and full of learning opportunities for anyone interested in having some fun with paints and inks!. No experience needed! If you would like to find out more about my artwork or workshops, please visit my website.

I also run teachers CPD in schools focusing on inspiration and confidence building taking the every day curriculum outdoors into the school grounds.

My children’s workshops engage pupils in their learning in a very practical hands-on project that may produce an art work for the school or may focus on an intervention in the school grounds as part of a development project. My ‘other’ web site www.landscapesnaturally.co.uk will give you more on this aspect of my work.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

An eclectic creative career.
Professionally I am a landscape architect as well as a teacher and artist and I work in several ways to combine my creative design skills with my love of nature, art and teaching.
Looking back, I have been a creative person all my life, and for as long as I can remember and I have completed several foundation art courses )Open college if the Arts and a two year diploma West Dean College. I have been inspired by the beauty of nature and the power of the outdoors.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Art in Penalt ( juried)
Three Choirs Festival
H.Art Open Studios
Broadway Arts Festival -Open ( juried)
Canwood Gallery (juried)

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

The Gallery Pershore-selected work
All other work is available on my website www.felicityknappstudio.org or by contacting me for a studio visit.

I shall be exhibiting this year during H.Art in September at “Art in the Orchard” in Colwall and at several other venues during the year. Please do sign up to my studio news (on my website) to find out where and when and please do drop in to say hello!
I also sell original art cards for MacMillan, and regularly donate % of my art sales for humanitarian support charities.

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