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Jill Preston


The main inspiration for my work is the countryside of Britain, especially the South West coast and its fishing villages and harbours. Harbours are fascinating, busy places with their promise of hard work, travel, danger and adventure. They are also peaceful and necessary havens offering safety and respite for returning adventurers and seafarers.

I use notes and sketches in situ but the picture design, choice of approach and execution of the painting is done in the studio. I need time to reflect on my emotional responses in order to capture the atmosphere and essence of the places which have stirred my emotions and embedded themselves in my memory.

These days I do less representational work. I am more likely now to amalgamate diverse details and images to create my own interpretation of the subject. So, for example, a painting of a Cornish harbour may well combine details of several different harbours and villages.

I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and techniques using mainly watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. The chief characteristics of my work are an emphasis on simplicity of line and shape as well as bold and intense colour. These are, perhaps, the recognisable elements of my style. I have not developed a settled approach, preferring continually to seek fresh new methods in order to refine my work and adequately represent the sources of my inspiration.

I exhibit regularly with the Yeovil and Mosterton Art groups, Sherborne Art Club and the Bridport Art Society. I have held successful independent exhibitions at The Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster and Barrington Court (National Trust) near Ilminster.

I also regularly take part in Dorset Arts Week, exhibiting in the Public Hall, Beaminster and in my studio at home during
Somerset Arts Weeks.


My work can be seen this year during the summer annual exhibitons of Bridport Art Society and Mosterton Art Group, and In The Burton Bradstock Arts Festival.

I shall also be taking part in Somerset Open Studios in September from my home studio.

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