I'm over the moon to get this award from Sheila Vaughan whose beautiful paintings are a huge inspiration to me. The trouble is I have got to nominate two others to receive the award and it's very difficult to choose from all the talented people out there. However I'm going to choose two of my countrymen/women – one of them is Rob Ijbema who seems effortlessly to create beautiful oil paintings of the welsh countryside, and Julie Oakley who with her brilliant pen and ink drawings gives us a glimpse into her family life. And I can't believe I've actually managed to do some links for the first time!
It's quite odd drawing something from above and I'm sure the perspective is way out on this drawing! We've got into the habit recently of going for long walks on Sunday and this old man (he's 13 now) seems to be going from strength to strength. He's perfectly capable of completing 4 miles at a time even though he's got his own agenda and constantly wanders off on a mission of his own!
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!