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Name: Annette Bushby
Age: 54
Lives: Chopwell, Tyne & Wear
Medium: Pastels, oil and watercolour
Cover Picture: Farewell

‘Farewell’ is so striking and different – what inspired it?
I’ve always been interested in the history of wartime Britain, and wanted to do a painting of that era with a story. Many people had to say goodbye to loved ones in the war, never knowing if they would return again.

‘Farewell’, 51x38cm, pastel and pastel pencils on pastel board, on this issue’s front cover

There is also something about steam trains that evokes a romantic vision of times gone by, so I wanted to combine the two. I needed something to work from, so I headed off to the Pickering Wartime Weekend, and while there I was lucky enough to find a couple, who kindly posed for me. I considered doing the painting in colour, but decided that monochrome would give it a more nostalgic effect.

End of the road’, 41x30cm, watercolour

What do you get from being a member of the SAA?
I’ve been a member for many years now, and joined because of the good range of materials you keep in stock, and the fact that it’s easier to order and have them
delivered to your door; most things arrive the following day, and the discounts and free delivery are unbeatable.

‘Cow 1’, 58x48cm, Oil on stretched canvas

This was done in pastel, is that your favourite medium?
I like all mediums, but particularly pastel, although I do work in oil sometimes. I have recently fallen in love with watercolour, which is such an exciting medium, I am hoping to develop a looser style of painting and bring movement and light into my work, for which watercolour is ideal.

‘Bamburgh Castle’, 41x30cm, pastel on pastel board

I am finding this an exciting new challenge. I usually choose which medium to use depending on how I want to portray the subject, and find that soft pastel lends itself well to animals, for the softness of hair and fur. It’s also superb for skies in a landscape, as it blends beautifully. Oil is a beautiful medium to work with for fine detail and realism.

‘Woodland’, 51x45cm, pastel on pastel board

What inspires you to paint?
I find inspiration for my work everywhere. I love the natural world, wildlife, the landscape, old buildings - there is always something I am wanting to paint. From childhood I loved drawing and painting – it just seems like a natural thing for me to want to do, and I can’t even explain why!

Are you a professional or amateur?
Although painting is my main source of income I don't consider myself a professional artist. I am self taught, and am still learning: there is so much to learn, and so many techniques and materials that I have not tried out yet.

I don't like sticking to one particular subject or style of painting, I prefer to have variation, because it’s more stimulating and exciting.

‘Highland Stag’, 63x48cm, pastel on pastel board

Do you have a favourite subject?
I paint different subjects, because I am inspired by different things. I know many artists specialize in one area but to me this would feel wrong.

‘Rooster’, 41x30cm, pastel and acrylic Art Spectrum Colourfix

To enjoy the whole aspect of creativity I think it’s good to try different styles and techniques; it’s all part of learning. There are always new products coming onto the market too, and that adds to the excitement. When asked what I paint I like to reply, ‘Anything!’

‘The Red Fox’, 41x30cm, pastel on pastel board

Do you mind parting with pictures you’re pleased with?
I do a lot of work to commission and also sell through local galleries and my website. I don’t mind parting with a picture, unless I’ve painted something very personal, then I’ll keep it.

There is only one painting which I’ll never sell and that’s a simple watercolour of my dad and daughter together in a special place; that one hangs on my wall.

‘Summer Love’, 28x27cm

Do you think it’s important for artists to network?
I know a lot of artists now, locally and through facebook, but when I was young it felt odd not knowing anyone with the same interests as myself, and I remember wishing I knew someone else who liked painting, just so that I could discuss arty things! It is nice to hear and see what other artists are creating.

‘The Last Two’, 46x38cm, pastel on pastel

I have never joined an art club because I don’t think that would particularly suit me, but I do exhibit once a year at a local art exhibition at Snods Edge, near Shotley Bridge, over the August bank holiday. It has been going for a long time now, many artists exhibit and it attracts a large amount of visitors.


PROFILED

Front Cover Artist

Name: Annette Bushby
Age: 54
Lives: Chopwell, Tyne & Wear
Medium: Pastels, oil and watercolour
Cover Picture: Farewell

‘Farewell’ is so striking and different – what inspired it?
I’ve always been interested in the history of wartime Britain, and wanted to do a painting of that era with a story. Many people had to say goodbye to loved ones in the war, never knowing if they would return again.

‘Farewell’, 51x38cm, pastel and pastel pencils on pastel board, on this issue’s front cover

There is also something about steam trains that evokes a romantic vision of times gone by, so I wanted to combine the two. I needed something to work from, so I headed off to the Pickering Wartime Weekend, and while there I was lucky enough to find a couple, who kindly posed for me. I considered doing the painting in colour, but decided that monochrome would give it a more nostalgic effect.

What do you get from being a member of the SAA?
I’ve been a member for many years now, and joined because of the good range of materials you keep in stock, and the fact that it’s easier to order and have them
delivered to your door; most things arrive the following day, and the discounts and free delivery are unbeatable.

‘Cow 1’, 58x48cm, Oil on stretched canvas

 

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