Barbara Thaxter

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About me...

 BARBARA THAXTER  SOFA
I spent the first adult years of my life as a cartographer, followed by forty years as a nursery/ infant teacher while raising a family.
It is only since retiring I have had time to follow my love of drawing, and cautiously to venture into painting.
It was a natural progression to move into pastels, inspired by painting our home-bred foal. I was then requested by friends to paint their animals.
Workshops with Trevor Waugh developed an awareness of the vibrancy that can be created in a painting by the selective use of colour. My early animals involved painting black horses, grey horses, white and so on. These days they involve a multitude of colours, but rarely black!
I am very aware of the importance of tonal values, getting great pleasure from producing a painting with strong lights and darks. I love to paint sunlight and shadow, and try to create a ‘feel good factor’ in my paintings.
I also love achieving individual personalities in the eyes of both animals and human portraits. I greatly enjoy the challenge of creating a painting from several sources. These days, I work mostly in oil, pastel or acrylic.
I am a member of several art groups with whom I have exhibited successfully. I am a committee member of Molesey Art Society.
I have frequently exhibited at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington.I am a full member of the Society of Feline Artists, exhibiting with them at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London, where have sold paintings to International buyers.

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