This weekend will see local artists exhibiting their work as part of the Cookham & Maidenhead Arts Trail. The purpose of the trail is to promote high quality visual arts in the area. Artists are delighted to meet with the public and this is an informal and convivial way for artist and public to meet. Here's a glimpse into the work of Amanda Nester who will be exhibiting from Elizabeth House, Cookham.
I work in a realistic style, inspired by the colours and detail of the world around me. I like to paint in both watercolour and oils as I find the practice of using different media enjoyable and I think it keeps my work fresh and interesting. I paint landscapes, architecture and portraits although, over the last year, I've become a little obsessed with flowers!
This is my second year on the arts trail. Last year I entered as a solo artist but, with nowhere to exhibit, I was kindly offered a venue with another artist, Martin Dutton, who I'd never met before. Our paintings worked well together and we had a successful and enjoyable weekend. This year we will be exhibiting together again!
Taking part in CAMAT isn't just about selling art although, it's lovely when I do! After working within the confines of my studio it's good to see my work on display. It allows me to look at it with a fresh and critical eye and think about what I want to paint next. We exhibit in a pleasant and relaxed setting in Cookham where it’s very easy for the public to pop in and have a look round and a chat. As an artist, it's useful to listen to feedback and, fortunately, most people are very complimentary!
At last year’s exhibition, I sold an oil painting of Burnham Beeches in the snow (one of my favourite places). I love walking and, as there's so much beautiful scenery in this area to inspire me, I never go out without my camera.
Last year I did a series of flowers in watercolour. By painting them "larger than life" I was able to highlight the amazing structure and detail in the individual flowers. My watercolour technique doesn't allow for mistakes so it was a challenging but rewarding experience and, I was very happy with the results.
My watercolour flowers will be on display again this year but, recently, I have been concentrating more on oils and I hope to be selling prints and greetings cards too.
You'll have the chance to meet Amanda and view her work during the Cookham & Maidenhead Art Trail taking place 14 & 15 September. Amanda is exhibiting from Elizabeth House, Station Road, Cookham, SL6 9BS