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 two years has been such a joy. It’s been wonderful to meet and chat about art. Hopefully next year we will be face to face again, but until then it’s great to have the opportunity to share this way.

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A cheeky little seagull – in under a minute

Wet in wet watercolour 'Splashy Seagull'