Ronnie Drillsma – Artist, Tutor and Illustrator November 2015
I live and work as an Artist in North Wales. My husband and I moved into a converted Barn and I am lucky enough to have one of the out buildings as a studio. We have two daughters who are very supportive of my work, as even though small Grandchildren are on the scene; my painting takes priority, for now anyway.
I taught Art as a Community Tutor for 16 years. I saw it as a sharing of ideas, with like minded people. I offered ideas and inspiration to others yet, I paved my own creative path at the same time. I began painting and exhibiting and devel0ping my personal style.
I studied Children’s Book Illustration, which taught me the importance of drawing. You can be quirky, and impressionist in painting style, but it all has to hang on the drawing. I still try to maintain the discipline of using a sketchbook; it helps me to observe, to work out exactly where things go!
I use rollers rather than a paint brush, because of the texture it delivers with every roll. I look for “tools” to create further texture and detail, e.g. bits of card, sponges, masking tape, collage etc. Textural quality adds interest to the piece, I like to think people may stop to look a bit closer, rather than walking by.
Some have said my paintings are like Illustrations. They have no people; I prefer the work to have its own narrative. Each piece could contain a story. I suppose I haven’t really strayed that far from Children’s Book Illustration after all…
Exhibitions – Ronnie Drillsma
Wirral Open Exhibition 2004
North Wales Open, Theatr Clwyd. 1995 –
Chester Grosvenor Art Society Open Best in Show 2012
SAA Artist of the Year Highly Commended 2013
SAA Artist of the Year Design Centre, Islington, London 2013
Royal Cambrian Academy Open, Conwy, 2013
Helfa Gelf (Open Arts Trail) North Wales Annual Event 2000 –
Flintshire Visual Arts & Crafts Network Annual Exhibition (Committee Member) 2000 –
Staaks Gallery, West Kirby, Solo Exhibition 2014, 2015, 2016
Flintshire Arts Fest – Masterclass 2013/2014
Clwydian Art Society – Residential Summer Schools, Snowdonia.2012/2014
Chester Arts Fest 2015/2016
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