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Debbie Macklin

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The wicker chair


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

My sources of inspiration are varied, including landscape, still life and people. I look for structure, the quality of light, colours and shapes that combine to evoke the essence of the subject or moment in time. Then I work with paint to try to create that essence on canvas. I love working in oils: they are both extremely demanding and yet flexible, even forgiving. When I look at the work of artists I admire, I am struck by the emotional response that paint can provoke, and this is the challenge that keeps drawing me back to my easel.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Starting with an idea and working with paint to bring the idea to life. The relationship evolves and there comes a point where the painting becomes independent from the source of inspiration and exists in its own right. For me, being an artist is about exploring and responding to the possibilities and potential of paint.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a painter, working from my studio at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Largely self-taught, I started to paint with oil paint in my fifties, and became really hooked on this medium during a year studying at the Norfolk Painting School. I moved to the Malvern Hills in Autumn 2020, which is now my home and working base in this stunning part of England.

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

The restoration of an 18th century threshing barn at our home will provide a base for workshops and teaching from summer 2024. More information to follow!

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

My professional career was in journalism and communication, but I always loved looking at art, and would reach for a sketchbook, when there was time. I started to use oils ten years ago, which led me to the Norfolk Painting School, where I completed the one-year Diploma course under Martin Kinnear in 2019.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

h-Art 2022, 2023
Worcestershire Open Studios - 2022, 2021, 2023
Inspirations -Fine Art Show. Marlow. with Julian Stanford 2021

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Debbie Macklin
I sell my work from my studio, and via my website or instagram.

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