About Me


ARTIST STATEMENT  -  JUNE BELL


I was born and brought up in the Scottish Borders with its ancient abbeys and castles and have always been attracted to places with a sense of the past. Old trees and woodland also evoke for me a sense of mystery, as well as old overgrown buildings with an air of abandonment.


I find encaustic painting on wax can enable me to convey the impression of age and weathering in old buildings and tree bark because of its rough texture and layered effect while collage and water soluble paints can give a lightness and accuracy which I find useful in painting plant life. I use both sets of materials, but not in the same piece. I work on a fairly large scale, my work tending to be arresting and mainly naturalistic.


There are many influences on my work including my Christian faith and I have lived for a number of years in Africa and Thailand. I didn't discover the works of Tolkien until later in life but find I have been inspired by his writing. I am drawn to the work of medieval artists such as Fra Angelico, and find Botticelli's work particularly beautiful. Contemporary artists influencing me include Victoria Crowe and Bruce Herman.


I would like the viewer of my work to sense an atmosphere and perhaps, if possible, to experience some kind of spiritual connection with it. This is my ultimate goal, and the hardest to achieve.




CV  -  JUNE BELL


Academic Qualifications


     2016 - 2017  Leith School of Art, - Continuing Professional Development.

     2011 - 2014  Leith School of Art, Edinburgh

                          Drawing Course; Figurative Course; Painting Course.


     2005             Diploma in Practical Dermatology, Cardiff (DPD)

     1995             Member Royal College General Practitioners (MRCGP)

     1988             Diploma Gynaecology, South Africa    

     1984             MB ChB, Edinburgh



Solo Exhibitions

       

     

      2016     "Secrets of trees", Hawick Museum, Hawick

      2016     Woodside, Jedburgh.

      2015     Woodside, Jedburgh.

      2014     Woodside, Jedburgh.

        


Group Exhibitions


      2016     Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder.        

      2015     Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder.

      2014     Greenlaw Art Group, Greenlaw

      2013     Greenlaw Art Group, Greenlaw

      2013     Reivers Moon Gallery, Hawick

        


Work currently in private collections in Scotland.