Art in lockdown

Anne-Marie Ellis with Caroline Richardson

Being an artist isn’t particularly difficult in this present time. Many of us are more than happy spending hour upon hour in the studio working alone. The difficulty arises when you try to find an audience for your art. Being able to show your work online is a massive bonus, and social media give a very welcome platform for showcasing what you are currently working on and advertising art for sale. Thankfully, galleries and studios are now opening to the public, but many larger-scale shows have been put on hold.

It is with all this in mind that Salisbury Arts Scene was born, allowing local artists to exhibit outside on the 2nd Sunday of every month until this coming December. This is wonderful in not only reintroducing some colour and vibrancy into our city’s life, but also allowing artists to congregate and socialise. I think a strong artistic community is of great value – we all learn from each other and we can all support each other too.  

I had the most welcome visit from an old friend at the weekend. Anne-Marie Ellis is a fashion designer, consultant and artist. Her work has been featured in the Mall Galleries’ annual show three times. She produces wonderful still life paintings that combine her love of fashion and glamour, with super realistic compositions. We were friends at school and studied art A-level together. Anne-Marie wasn’t dissuaded by our particularly pessimistic art teacher and followed her dream of becoming a fashion designer. I lacked the self-belief to take myself to art college and found myself following the route through the graphic design world, where I felt more comfortable. It is funny that we have both kick-started our painting in our forties, and we enjoyed a long conversation about the art world, our places in it and how we hope to take things forward.

One thing is for sure, the odd painting day together, once restrictions have been lifted, will be a real treat, and I’m sure will take me right back to our old school art room and the rubber plant we were forced to study!

Anne-Marie’s work can be found at ellisartworks.co.uk

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