Welcome to Ashby Art !
Ashby Art is Marie South's website and some of the work shown is available for purchase. Please use the contact form if you wish to purchase an item.
Marie enjoys going from an initial idea, to sketches to compose a picture and then moving on to paint, felt or print it. She finds it very satisfying to see an idea come to fruition in a frame!. Her inspiration comes from in her surroundings, particularly the Derbyshire countryside and the small village which she lives in, near Ashby de la Zouch. A wide variety of countryside animals and plants influence her work. Marie is also a keen photographer and she finds that photography, printmaking, feltmaking and painting complement each other. Printing and photography has extended her interest into landscapes, perspective and architectural forms.
In 2019, Marie successfully entered some of her work into juried national exhibitions as well as continuing to support her local art clubs' exhibitions. Her work was included in the Harley Open, two RBSA exhibitions, the Summer and Winter Open Exhibition at the Sock gallery, Loughborough, Derby Open Print, Ty Pawb International Print Exhibition, and the Banks Mills Open studios event, Derby. Marie also held a joint art exhibition with Larry,her husband, at Sharpes Pottery, Swadlincote and then this exhibition moved to Burton on Trent Library artspace. In 2020, during Lockdown, Marie investigated a new etching method based on photopolymer film exposed to UV light. Many of these etching are included in her "Figurative Fancies" exhibition running online from July to September 2020. This is a joint exhibition with Chrissy Stangroom and hosted by Green Door Print Studio, Derby, see https://www.greendoor-printmaking.co.uk/product-tag/figurative-fancies . Over the winter, Marie concentrated on improving her portrait drawing and painting. Now that lockdown is gradually ending Marie looks forward to getting out and about without restrictiions!
Marie had had great fun taking the photographs and making the pictures and prints on this web site. She hope you enjoy looking at them.
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