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Portrait Of A Local Artist – Juliet Wood

Portait of a Local Artist Juliet-Wood Feb 2017“I love the character of the Dorset landscape, especially the coastal landscape and some fine gardens,” says artist Juliet Wood, who has fond memories of childhood holidays in Swanage.

Recently Juliet has visited Dorset twice, staying in Martinstown village “to draw and paint the beautiful churchyard”.

“What most inspires my work is the interaction of people, whether in an urban or coastal situation, and the atmosphere in a subject,” says Juliet.Portait-of-a-Local-Artist-The-Greeting-by-Juliet-Wood

Juliet studied at St Albans School of Art and the Slade with William Coldstream, followed by a study year near Rome. Her 30 year teaching career in London, Marlborough, and Swindon School of Art and Design focused on life drawing and painting. Juliet is an oil painter, and also uses oil pastels. Portraiture has always been part of an ongoing commitment to the expression of human life. She is well established throughout Britain, with portraits in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and many other public and private collections. Both her portraits and thematic paintings based on drawings vary from the small and intimate to the large and complex. Raising her five children contributed positively to both aspects of work, giving a deep understanding of human dynamics. A major Swindon project to encourage interest in visual art involved touring her series of paintings, Alone and Together, Brunel’s People to venues in Swindon and Southwark throughout 2013–14, launched by a public drawing event. She says of the paintings, “We are strangers while I draw. Later, as I interweave their shapes I come to know the people in these paintings as well as those who sit for me.”

In October 2017 Juliet will have a solo show of new paintings and oil pastels at the Chandler Room, The White Horse Book Shop, Marlborough, Wiltshire.