Art and artists
The distinctive pencil drawings of Vivienne Coleman
Vivienne is an artist living in north-west Cumbria specialising in pencil drawings; fascinated by the effect of light and energy in images.
Dubmill Point (Vivienne Coleman)
After almost 30 years full-time working, gaining a Masters degree in Land and Water Management and a PhD in Satellite Remote Sensing at Cranfield and drawing occasionally in her spare time, Vivienne has now stopped full-time work and is expanding her own art business.
Vivienne now undertakes many commissions including pet portraits, family portraits, other animals, wildlife and landscapes as well as producing a variety of cards, prints, originals and pencil artwork.
Vivienne, who moved to Mawbray a few years ago, was inspired to start drawing again after joining the Mawbray Art Club. “I have no formal art training”, she says, “but I’ve always loved to draw even though my work or studies sometimes meant years going by without producing a single picture. Joining the Carlisle and Border Art Society also helps keep me inspired”.
Since starting her business, Vivienne has exhibited at several local and county shows including the Cumberland, Westmorland and Cockermouth Shows as well as events such as the Lowther Horse Trials and Holker Hall Garden Festival. She says that attending some of the shows would simply not have been possible without the support of organisations like Made in Cumbria and West Lakes Crafts.
Signpost (Vivienne Coleman)
Also in Vivienne’s diary this year are exhibitions at the ever popular Gincase near Silloth, as well as regular displays in Great Orton Farm & Flower Shop, Carlisle, Ivinson’s Farm Shop at Clifton Dykes near Penrith and The Old Smithy at Caldbeck.
“In 2006 I was lucky to be awarded a Rural Business Initiative grant by Allerdale Borough Council which enabled me to showcase my work on the internet. My website, built by Martin Campbell at Artisan Foods, is ... an ideal way for me to display my work.”
Words and pictures courtesy of Vivienne Coleman.
last updated: 19/08/2008 at 16:31
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