A teacher, her student, their gold... The figurative and abstract work presented in this show is the result of observing the beautiful colours and contrasts which are constant in Kent's stunning and inspiring coastal waters. In July 2020, Katrina started teaching Polly on a one-to-one basis. Polly asked her to teach her how to paint in oils and how to incorporate metal leaf within this work. This was a new medium for artist Katrina and so they learned together. By profession Polly is a goldsmith and has been, on and off, since she was 18 and graduated from The Sir John Cass College. The deterioration of her eyesight over the past year or two has meant she's been unable to do the very fine work at the bench. The work on display in this exhibition is the result of the artistic journey she and Katrina have taken, and continue to take.
Polly Gasston: As a goldsmith, she still buys the gems and designs all the work and she has wonderful subcontractors who build her visions for her. This has left a huge gap in her life so she decided to learn how to paint with oils; she got herself a great teacher who says she has gone 'from strength to strength is a very short time', and Polly absolutely loves it! Apart from the fact she can see what she's creating, she's excited about the whole new medium of oil painting. She enjoys the freedom of the canvas and learning about colours and how to make them. Polly has always loved art and has a huge and completely eclectic collection herself, but she never imagined she might be hanging something of her own on her walls, and now she is. Polly says 'It's wonderful, and the perfect compensation for losing my first love - being a goldsmith.' email@example.com 01843 448291
Katrina Dallamore: In 2014 Katrina went to Canterbury Christchurch University and studied observational colour harmonies in the life studio, working with a variety of models, and using only the primary colours, learning how to mix and blend to make all the colours needed to truly represent the model. In her final year she adopted the vehicle of the square motif in a gridded setting, selecting a small range of colours/tones to explore soft and bold contrasts.
Katrina’s teaching is grounded in the values of observational drawing and painting, thereby teaching students to see. She believes this gives the students the skills to then develop their own style and creative voice. Katrina teaches part time and continues to develop her personal work as a painter and print maker. firstname.lastname@example.org 07780 707053 Katrina-jean.co.uk