About me

I live in Liverpool. I was brought up in Plymouth originally.
I have been involved with and participated in exhibitions and projects over the years and I have enjoyed running my own physical gallery space in the past. These days, particularly in these harsh times, I have utilised resources, the best way I can and ‘converted’ my garden wall into an art gallery ‘The Songbird’ where I can exhibit and film my works. I also belong to a variety of online art groups and platforms.
I love to write. I have written quite a few books, some of which are out there and available for sale. I am working on a few others right now. Keep an eye out for updates on my current projects page.

To see my latest works you are best to find me on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter where I post my latest updates.

Instagram: @songbirdgallery48

Twitter @AliceRhenna

Check my website here for monthly updates and do sign up to my mailing list to keep track of my latest updates.

It would be great to hear from you. keep in touch!

Artist statement
After some thought, the angle of art I come from is from the idea of ‘self’. I like my art to be an expression of myself from myself. I also enjoy the feeling of art as a physical tactile piece. I do enjoy digital art but I like the visuals to be primarily controlled by me, such as drawing and cut and paste and layering which to me are just short cuts to scissors, glue and paintbrush. If I use special effects it’s still an effect that I choose and have control over. However, digital art was once difficult for us to comprehend also. Art is forever changing and developing. But it’s a natural compulsion, I feel to create what we enjoy.

For my own personal art, my ultimate medium is currently a combination of painting and textile art using fabric, acrylic and stitch. The sewing machine is an important piece of equipment in my art as are paints and brush. Uniting these two mediums together has brought me a great deal of creative fulfilment.

My work has covered a range of themes and techniques. I an interested in painting the spiritual and emotional states. I paint what comes into my mind at the time. So I will choose an idea and allow this to develop intuitively Sometimes I focus on specific issues that concern me such as the decline of our natural environment, the mistreatment of animals, lack of women’s rights and how this all has an effect upon our emotions.
I use painting, textiles and film to express my thoughts and feelings in my art. My work can be abstract or figurative..When I paint I am very connected to the process of what I am doing and I don’t isolate my work from my feelings.
My abstract work is a meditation and therapy, seeking harmony, expression and spiritual balance within.
I enjoy using paint, mixed media and film. I particularly enjoy oil painting and textile art. Stitch is an important part of my work as it symbolises ancient traditions carried out historically by women to the present.
I create art because I enjoy the process of discovery and experimentation and also to convey a message. I find creativity therapeutic and the ultimate way to explore meaning and balance in my life and surroundings. I feel, in many ways that my works act as a diary of my lifetime, emotions and interests.
I can be contacted via my website here for exhibiting, commissions and for those interested purchasing an artwork.

Biography

I have had an unconventional route into art. I feel I am primarily self taught because my environment and life experiences have been my main inspiration. As a young girl, I was brought up in London and Plymouth, experiencing the mid seventies and nineteen eighties counterculture. I feel I have picked up most of my skills by going to exhibitions as well as watching and talking to other artists. My parents who were artists were  always wonderful to talk to and discuss art with and living in a variety of cities and travelling abroad in my youth contributed to much of my inspiration and development as an artist. 

My main work was always painting and then I started to write poetry and create short experimental films. 

In the past, I have curated exhibitions and organised poetry readings. Some of my illustrated writing has been published in books, magazines and anthologies.

I have travelled widely and since 2002, I have lived in Liverpool. I am married and have two daughters.


 

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