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Portrait Of A Dorset Artist – Chris Wilmshurst

Portrait-of-a-Dorset-Artist-Chris-Wilmshurst Portrait-of-a-Dorset-Artist-beech-avenue-with-cow-parsley“A large portion of my artwork is inspired by views of Dorset,” reveals Chris Wilmshurst from Wimborne, who has lived in the county for the last nine years.

“I have painted the famous Beech Avenue to the north-west of Wimborne many times, also the town and river running through it. Moving further afield I enjoy painting views of the Blackmore Vale and the New Forest, and plan to paint views of the Purbecks and the Jurassic Coast. I moved here for work reasons but also because it is such a beautiful county and I was keen to bring up my children at a gentler pace of life than I was experiencing before.”

Chris’s work mainly comprises of landscapes and townscapes – views of her local area or other places visited. She is concerned with colour, shape and pattern (and, more recently, texture).

When viewing her collection of work people always comment on the enormous variety of materials, techniques and styles used. “I like to try out different ways of playing with the paint and other media to obtain the effects I want,” she explains

“I never know how a painting is going to end up – they often take on a life of their own. I really enjoy the semi-abstract, but I always try to ensure it is underpinned by good drawing and perspective.” 

She will sometimes become obsessed with a particular theme, such as the famous avenue of beech trees to the north of Wimborne where she lives. Chris gained an honours degree in Fine Art at LeedsUniversity but considers herself mainly self-taught. She went on to train as an art teacher and now spends half her week teaching art classes for adults at different venues in East Dorset. The other half is spent painting!

Chris will be exhibiting her work in a Creative Coverage exhibition at Houghton Lodge and Gardens in Stockbridge, Hampshire in May 2015.