www.vivientownsend.com ARTIST Gloucester UK
A little about myself
I studied art in Gloucester in the 1970s and went on to teach art in adult education in various counties.. Living in Devon and Cornwall for some years the landscapes inspired me to paint in watercolour to capture the atmosphere of the coast, moors and misty estuaries. I also was a founder member of ‘The Plymouth Watercolour Society’. and whilst living in the West Country I found that watercolour was the ideal medium to express the evocative nature of the landscapes.
In the late 1980s I moved to Surrey I taught Art for Guildford Adult Education where I had successful exhibitions of Watercolours and Pastels. One notable success was the Guildford Borough Council Calendar competition for local artists where my ‘Village Snow Scene’ was the winning painting which then was printed on the front cover of the 1992 calendar. I was delighted to be awarded my prize by the late Tony Hart the well known artist and television presenter.
After living in Wiltshire and teaching in primary school I then moved back to Gloucester where I continue to be inspired by the dock area with it ’s light and water reflections being a prominent feature of my work and where Tall Ship and Dock scenes have proved to be very popular in exhibitions in the Gloucestershire area. I also enjoy painting the various traditional village scenes, buildings and waterways.
In July 2016 I won the main award in the Gloucester ‘ART in the CITY’ en plein air competition with my painting ‘Here Today’ a scene of Gloucester Docks,