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In Conversation with Angie Rains

During the last lockdown Angie created some amazing black and white original paintings which she sent me to see if I would be interest in having them in the gallery. Then one of my regular customers contacted me and asked do I have any black and white paintings. I got in touch with Angie and the journey of 'black and white' original paintings commission began.

The customer has very kindly given Wonky Wheel a photography of the commission in situ in her home. (image take by customer)

Here is my 'In Conversation' with Angie about her artwork and been a Interior Designer as well.

Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got started in your career?

.I have always enjoyed drawing and made the decision to head to art school at the age of thirteen. After going through o levels and a levels, I did a foundation course at North Essex School Of Art, followed by a degree course at Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, graduating in 1993 with a BA (Hons) in Design (Textiles). My work was mainly botanical florals. Life often takes us on a different path to what we had planned and I went into a career in construction some years later. Painting was something I made little time to do and I often regretted that. In recent years, I have revived my design skills and have started up my own business as an Interior Designer. The pandemic meant that - for some months- I wasn't able to enter other people's homes, so I decided to make good use of the time; I started to paint again. I have a little cottage garden, so I was inspired by flowers, bees and butterflies, which I have painted studies of over the last year. The paintings have been really popular, so I now regularly make time to paint and have quite a few commissions to complete.

What is it about the medium that particularly attracts you?

I normally work in watercolour. My botanical florals are quite 'tight' in execution, but I 've recently enjoyed doing some stylised, figure drawings in a mixture of pencil, pen and watercolour brush marks. I've completed some washy, stylised pet portaraits (all commissions) which is something I never dreamt I would do. It's great to try something different!

Are there any little tips or tricks you’ve learned over the years, that would help or inspire budding artists?

As a former Textile Designer, I always play up the light and shade in an image to give it greater impact from a distance.

Do you listen to podcast or music during your creative process? If so, do you think this adds something to your work?

I do listen to podcasts or the radio whilst painting. I'm not sure it changes my work, but it is very relaxing.

What is the highlight of your career so far, or your proudest moment?

I'm not sure I have proudest moment; I'm still always pleased when people admire what I've done. I recently sold a trio of figure drawings to @lionearlscolne and it was lovely to see them in their beautiful interior. Apparently, they are much-admired and I'm chuffed about that.

Who is your favourite artist, and why?

There are so many artist that I love. Anything Pre- Raphaelite. I also love Pierre Redoute for the inspiration he provided me when I was learning to paint.

What is your favourite piece in your collection that is arriving into Wonky Wheel Gallery, and why?

That's a tricky one, but I think the bee study has to be a favourite. They are so lovely to paint, as they feel like I'm bringing them to life on the page. I try to give them some character...

I would like you to write a short note to your younger self and give them one piece of advice about been an artist (something you have learned along the way or even something they should do, if so why)?

Try a different style. It might not work, but on the other might just look fantastic!

Do check out Angie's full collection on our website

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