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Charmian Hayes – Fur, Flesh and Fripperies
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 10:30 am - Friday, November 27, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
Charmian Hayes studied art in Liverpool back in the dark ages when she says the Beatles were fab and we could all do the twist without falling over.
For many years she had a ‘proper’ job in IT (in the days when it was called ADP) and painting was her hobby, but when the arrival of a son and heir necessitated working from home, she turned to art and began taking commissions for portraits and caricatures. Now she paints every day at her studio in Great Linford, rarely taking commissions so that she can indulge her love of painting animals, people and still life.
Charmian originally used pastels for her portraits, but, fed up with sweeping all the pastel dust, she switched to oils and found her favourite medium. She does not
aim for photo-realism. She likes to produce paintings which look lifelike at first glance, but on closer inspection are just blobs of paint – she describes her technique as ‘slosh it on and hope for the best’, the aim being to capture that moment when a painting comes together and seems to take on a life of its own.
She often likes to work on large canvases, which are too big for art society exhibitions. When the Three Hares Gallery became available, she realised it was an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the work which has been stacking up in her studio.
The exhibition covers three aspects of her work – animal portraits, paintings of people, and still life. All the paintings in the exhibition have been produced during the past three years.
Charmian has been a member of Milton Keynes Society of Artists since 2010 and is currently its Chair. She has exhibited with the Society many times, but this is her first solo exhibition.