Hello just a little bit of info about me for anyone who is interested. I will try and keep it short.
After leaving school I went to Art college for about 2 years, but didn’t pursue a career in art. I went on to work for British Gas for 27 years until I was made redundant at 45. I didn’t wish to have an office job again so did “Care in the Community”, this was helping older people in their homes, which was a very rewarding job. It also made me realize even more so that life is for living now, not later!
I started painting again in 2005. Not knowing what to get my long time friend for her Christmas present, I painted her pony. She was over the moon with the picture and other people asked me to paint their animals, so that’s how it all came about.
I love to paint many different subjects, but I have a special fondness for animals and also for humour, as you will tell if you see the gallery. I have been a horse owner for nearly 33 years, and my horse Jack is now 29 years old, but doesn’t act it! We lost our lovely Blessie Collie x late July 2015 she suffered a stroke, she was on medication but after 6 weeks we had to have her put to sleep. We still have Titch the yorkie but he is approx 17yrs old and is now blind and deaf. 4 cats, 2 Guinea pigs, 3 rabbits and 2 budgies My husband’s goldfish Fred, died at the ripe old age of 28years.
I started selling my art at venues such as Leek show, a very popular agricultural show, in 2007. It has made a difference having my computer and printer, so I now can offer affordable framed or mounted prints of my work. Obviously some people want an original painting but a cheaper alternative goes down well. I also sell keyrings and fridge magnets of my artwork. Bob, my husband, and I enjoy doing the shows as we love the atmosphere and have a laugh with other stallholders and visitors.
I dislike pretentiousness, and unfortunately you do get quite a bit of that in the art world. I do, however, think art should be capable of provoking many different emotions. I think that people who make a living from any artistic genre are only doing what they want to do as no one asks an actor to act or a painter to paint etc. they are doing it because they want to and are fortunate to have a talent that is appreciated To make a living at something you love is a privilege which many people do not have.
I only hope that people find my art uplifting and affordable.
Just one more thing, I would like to thank my stepson Robert Frost who did this web site for me as a surpise birthday present in 2008.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Regards Eileen, (Hope to see you at a show sometime.)