English Lake District – inspiring art

Jean Grazier begins our series of blogs from artists living and working in close proximity to our Lake District hotels. In December through to February we will feature one of Jean’s paintings in our Reception area at the Waterhead in Ambleside.

Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead
Displayed at Reception, painting of Lake Windermere from Borrans Park, very close to Waterhead

“I was born in Manchester and my interest in painting began early whilst at school. However, it wasn’t until retirement to the Lake District that I found the opportunity to renew my school-day passion for painting. Various workshops and courses were then pursued in order to develop my skills. My tutors included the late pastellist, Christopher Asheton-Stones and Tiana Marie who taught and supervised my O.C.N.W. course. Courses in botanical illustration at the Lakeland Horticultural Society at Holehird, Windermere, as well as at Higham Hall, contributed to my interest in floral painting”.

Courses in botanical illustration contribute to Jean's interest in floral painting
Courses in botanical illustration contribute to Jean’s interest in floral painting

Fellow members of the Ambleside & District Art Society, of which Jean is the archivist, continually provide valuable inspiration, help and encouragement.

Jean’s work is varied and includes both realistic and abstract interpretations of landscapes, buildings and flowers. She enjoys working in pen, pastel, watercolour and acrylic, choosing the type of medium inspired by the subject.

Jean's painting displayed at Waterhead
Jean’s painting displayed at Waterhead

Her work has been published in the Lakeland Horticultural Society Journals and is held in private collections, both in the UK and overseas. Some of Jean’s original paintings and prints are sold through Gallery 2 in Windermere town centre. She regularly exhibits locally and undertakes commissions, including those from hotels who also sell the handmade cards which Jean reproduces from her original paintings. Jean also sells her cards and her original paintings and prints at local craft fairs, including the monthly summer ‘PromArt’ event at Grange-over-Sands.

Jean may be contacted by email jeangrazier@gmail.com.

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