FIONA FORBES

Art has always been a major part of my life. I began drawing, sketching and painting at a very early age and I usually manage to spend some time each day doing at least one of these activities. There was never any doubt in my mind about my career choice as an artist and I feel truly privileged to have been able to fulfil this creative urge.
I was born in Cheshire in 1955 and spent my formative years living in Cyprus and Aden before moving to Edinburgh to complete my schooling. I studied for 4 years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, followed by another year at Dundee College of Education which enabled me to teach Art in Secondary Schools.
After meeting my husband in St. Andrews, my nomadic lifestyle returned and we have lived in various parts of Britain as well as several European countries, where I continued painting, exhibiting and teaching watercolour classes to adults of different nationalities. We settled in Wiltshire in 2009 where I now teach workshops in watercolours, acrylics and oils for local art organisations and in my own studio at home.
Watercolour painting “en plein air” has always been my favourite method of working, and there is a wealth of beautiful scenery and gardens to paint in this lovely area of England. I also work with oils and acrylics using a palette knife to paint with as I enjoy the freedom and textures created using this method.
PlainArts (info@plainartssalisbury.co.uk) has enabled me to meet other local artists and to exhibit with them, as well as providing me with lots of vital information to help me improve and develop my own work whilst learning better approaches to galleries, art fairs, art trails and presentation of work, including framing. I would recommend any practicing, or aspiring artist, who lives within the Salisbury area to join.
Two other societies of which I’m a member are ‘Artlook’, (www.artlook.org), a small group of 12 local artists, who exhibit regularly together. We will be in Hilliers Gardens near Romsey, August 17th – 31st, and are part of Hampshire Open Studios during our time there.
I’m also an Associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists (www.gava.org.uk) and will be exhibiting with them in the Mall Galleries in London with them in July – 17th to 23rd this year.

Vibrant colours are my trademark and I can indulge my love of colour with the luminosity of watercolours as well as the body and textures achieved with oil and acrylic paints. I plan to continue my artistic journey and to enjoy discovering new ways to be creative. My aim is to produce uplifting paintings using a palette of fresh and lively colours. Living in other countries and mixing with different cultures has had a huge influence on my outlook of life as well as my creativity and I hope to remain open minded and always ready for new challenges!

www.fionaforbes.co.uk

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