Gillian Simpson

Gillian Simpson — Painter

I work in a variety of media but my love for the fluidity and expression of watercolour and inks means they are never abandoned for long. I strive to seek out and portray the character and emotion of a subject in my paintings with a simple, edited style. Leaving things out being as important as the line and detail I include.

You’ll often find me on a Cornish cliff or walking the paths and moors of West Penwith with my sketchbook. Since committing full time to painting I was selected onto Newlyn School of Art’s Defining Practice programmes and have exhibited regularly in Cornwall.

Covid and lockdown has changed all of that for a while, but other creative projects have kept me focused and challenged. I threw my hand in at sewing NHS scrubs and I’ve been experimenting in portraiture, which may become a new passion. Teaching art online has been another adventure, and great fun… an unexpectedly pleasing way to use experience from endless hours of corporate video-conferences.

Being part of Worcestershire Open Studios for the last three years has been such a joy. It’s been wonderful to meet and chat about art. Hopefully in August we will be face to face again – and as meeting online has become the new normal, then it is great to share online via Open Studios all year round too.

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A cheeky little seagull – in under a minute

Wet in wet watercolour 'Splashy Seagull'