About the artist.
Gloria’s life began in a small farming community in North Norfolk, England where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood, growing up on her grandparent’s farm. Her interest in art began very early and as a child she would draw and scribble on anything that came to hand.
Her career as an artist began during the late 1970’s when having declined the restraints of formal training, she opened a small art gallery, representing her own and other 'carefully selected' artist's work. During this time she also held private art classes for both children and adults, and her easy, yet enthusiastic style soon established her a loyal following.
Since then her work has spanned sculpture, book illustration, stage sets and the design and restoration of lacquered furniture and Chinoiserie, including work for The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Ashmolean Museum , and also work on the Wallace Collection.
Animals have featured strongly in her work, including the Iberian horse. Whilst travelling to Portugal to study the Lusitano in his home environment, she pursued her own studies in Haute Ecole under the tutelage of Lord Henry Loch. Since then she moved to Coimbra, Portugal, and has gone on to produce the dramatic, bold and powerful studies of bulls that she has become so well known for.
Demonstrated in these portrayals is her mastery of the art of draughtsmanship which is seen throughout her work, from the dramatic charcoal studies of dancers to the relaxed sketches of passers-by.
She now works from her small home based studio in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
Always a keen writer she has had articles published in various magazines, and has recently created interest with her own growing range of children’s books.
At present she is working on a range of limited edition children's books,hand bound with hand written text and hand printed illustrations.
Her interests outside of art and writing include: Tai Chi Chuan, Riding (haute ecole), sailing, and flying.
Her work has been exhibited in the following galleries and hangs in private collections worldwide;
UK. Century Galleries, Henley –on- Thames (solo show)
Doric Arts Gallery, Holt (gallery artist)
Mistral Gallery, Dover Street, London
Equus Gallery, Newmarket (solo show)
The Mall Galleries, London, with:
The Pastel Society &The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
The Deane Gallery, Co Cork
The Condon Gallery, Theatre Royal, Norwich (solo show)
Chimney Mill Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
Art in the Park, Croxton, Norfolk
The King of Hearts Centre for the Arts, Norwich (solo show)
Norwich Castle Museum. (Vision and Reality)
Appleyard and Co, Norwich. (solo show)
The T Lounge, Ber Street, Norwich ( solo show)
Royal Norfolk Show
Portugal; Gois Arte, 2006 2007
Spain. International Oroso, 2006 2007
New York. 3rd Annual Print Exhibition, Arts Centre of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. 2013.
Artist's statement from the 'Motion from Stillness' exhibition'
I draw from life, making lightning sketches to capture the essence, body language, and mood. I use this as the basis of every painting.
Because I am fascinated by the body language of people, and animals, I strive to represent this boldly and as fearlessly as I can: Life encompasses movement, music, bearing, joy, love, passion, compassion, melancholy, there to be seen, even in landscapes and so it has been my intention to capture these qualities as I perceive them in any particular subject.
Growing up on my grandparents farm, I saw that our huge bulls could be lying apparently at ease, still and rooted, then explode into sudden action, the effect was, and still is, so paralysing to me, the onlooker. This quality has always impressed me and I see a similar quality of composure and potential is there in great dancers, who hold you spellbound.
I find that special quiet place in my mind before painting each piece, just as the dancer does before a great performance, we both seek a mental stillness and focus before we begin, then one can convey a sense of drama and emotion.
In the end my painting is not simply about the dancer or bull, its not the subject alone, but the purity of line, the absence of line, the emergence of form from light and shade, emotion from colour and attitude, and of course…motion from stillness.