This is our well established feature ‘Meet the Artist’. Every three weeks or so we will be changing the feature to a different artist. This months artist is Rhona Rowley Next month, or a little later we will be featuring Juliet Bennett. Thank you all for your support of this feature and I am happy to confirm that we now have a long list of members wishing to participate, certainly sufficient to see us well into next year. If you would like to be included in this feature please let the webmaster know and he will add you to the list.
Coming from a creative Shropshire family and honing her budding artistic skills on pottery and silver craft brought Rhona Rowley quite predictably to the level of a genuine award winning artist. Yet for nearly twelve years since moving up to Yorkshire and joining the York Art Society she has, in her naturally quiet and unassuming manner, kept her skills, like the proverbial ‘light under a bushel’ to herself. This reflects the person she is; her love of nature, the country side and her garden combined with traditional homely values gives her a calm and private outlook on all things around her and this artistic serenity shows in much of her work. Rhona is inspired by the countryside and landscape; working in water colour, pastel or acrylics she brings the light and atmosphere of the scenes before her to the canvas; she creates the scent and the mood of what she sees before her. Dare I say we can forget the influence of Degas, Pissaro and others and simply enjoy the influence of Rowley herself?