About the work

My paintings are inspired by colour, by flowers, trees, light, dark, sounds, scents, stars, and memories – practically everything apart from violence, oppression and the like. Central to my work is the awesomeness of nature, particularly the sky and its cloud formations, I feel a fairly binding connection with the elements and the changing seasons.

With my paintings I aim to evoke thoughts of nature, gardens and skies in those viewing them, but simultaneously I like for the works to retain an element of ambiguity, of total abstraction, thus leaving them completely open to interpretation - I love hearing what people see in my work. Alongside for my passion for nature sits a deep-seated liking for painterly spontaneity and expression, which finds its form in the twitchy brush marks, impulsive dots and spiralling gestural lines which come to rest on top of the soft atmospheric veils of colour which make up the body of my paintings. These spontaneous elements reference my impulsive, changeable and impatient personality. In this manner paintings often get painted over several times until I hit on something which I feel works. In a way I feel that this links back to the ever-changing weather which, as previously mentioned, has always played an important part both for inspiration and also the base layers of each painting. This does mean that the works sometimes end up more textural than I'd like, but hey ho.
A final facet to my painting, one which is becoming more of a consistent hidden theme is my fairly melancholic pre-occupation with the passage of time and the mysteries of our lives here on earth (I know). But it drives me to paint however pretentious it may sound.

My more abstract work focuses on just that, abstraction! But also colour and speed, simply enjoying the colours and the paint. I go through phases of finding my work boring, laboured and kind of overdone, so I like to have a good change. I sometimes like to switch my processes around, allowing myself to work in a much freer, simpler 100% abstract style. I have always felt that painting should be fun, not a difficult thing to do. I love to connect with the childish aspect of my personality and paint artwork to make me happy.

About me

Hello! I'm Georgina (or Georgie/George), a British painter and occasional printmaker - I also make painterly artist books from time to time too.
I was born in 1983 here in the UK, the eldest of 3 sisters. I grew up in Congleton, Cheshire, a lovely place with old empty mill buildings, a gorgeous Victorian park and a rich visual history. I always loved looking at the buildings around me as I grew up, imagining how things were in the past - I still do in fact, it’s quite an interest of mine.

An artistic streak runs through our family (the Vinsun side), I think it came from my Granny, as she was a talented artist and so is my dad (I always used to want to be able to draw like Dad). My dabbling with art was always encouraged as I grew up. I remember that family members would buy me art books and I always looked at the pictures but never really read the text (I was never very bothered with that side of things). Art materials were treasured, like most children I loved trying to paint, to experiment with materials and techniques and to draw. I wasn't especially good if I'm honest, but I learnt to get by as I did my GCSEs and A-levels.
I have vivid memories of our crayon tin, its smell, and of all the exotic-sounding colour names. Vermillion, Cerulean, Cerise, Sepia...

First term at uni, painting probably influenced by Monsters inc.

I studied at Loughborough University, graduating in 2005 with a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art (Painting). Prior to this I studied for my BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, standard practice post A-level if you fancy pursuing art, the course exposes you to a variety of arts disciplines and then you choose which one to focus on and perhaps continue to study at University. It was during this year studying all aspects of Art & Design that I discovered the freedom and joy of Fine Art. From the age of about 14 I had decided that I was going to be a children's book illustrator like my illustrator idols Beatrix Potter and Shirley Hughes, but that idea went swiftly out of the window during my first day in the Fine Art studio in the Autumn of 2001. The atmosphere, the endless possibilities, the freedom of expression... It was just brilliant, and it was as if a light had been switched on inside my head! I am so glad that I discovered my passion for painting and for canvas and paint, and that I was able to pursue it thanks to my family's support (they could have just advised me to get a job instead).

University was a continuation of the painting/fine art 'revelation', gradually settling into working steadily under my own steam, exploring scale and learning to live alone. I remember standing in front of my first 8ft canvas and just thinking how brilliant it was and how I never wanted to do anything else. My very first series of works at uni was made with Autumn berries, that seasonal influence already making an appearance.

Naturally I did have to return to reality post-uni. I was lucky enough to slip back into my wonderfully undemanding catering job immediately after graduating and initially focussed all my energy on moving out from my parents' house (I'd had my taste of what felt like 'my own life' and I wanted it back!). Once that was sorted, I started trying to paint again (I had been ill during my final year at uni and hadn't wanted to paint for months); in 2006 I started working again, exhibiting my work and gradually settling into a painting routine which slotted around my full-time job.

I had always had a roundabout sort of plan to support myself with my painting, particularly after I had children, and with that in mind I left my full-time catering job in 2011 when I became a mum. My eldest has since been joined by a little brother and they're both at school these days. Keeping my practice going during the baby years wasn't easy but I found ways to do it (in a nutshell: little and often). The toddler years were no easier, in a way I felt it all became much harder. I was so tired and overwhelmed a lot of the time, my work became fragmented and inconsistent. Now both boys are at school things are starting to settle back down for me, there's more time, more quiet moments, fewer demands. I can focus more of my energy on my painting - there is a big BUT here though, and that but is that painting does not pay the bills (well, mine doesn't!).

The realisation that I can't make a decent living from my painting has been a fairly gradual one although I've never been a best-selling artist. It's a shame in one way, but also a weight lifted as I can now pursue a change in career and restore painting to its rightful place, as an unforced natural expression of my joy in life.

Jim & I at an exhibition in New Mills, 2012

Me, now (autumn 2018), wearing a jumper I knit.

So what am I doing? Well, I'm at college right now and plan on going into healthcare (as long as I pass all my assessments/exams). I want to do a useful job and in turn, support small businesses with my own spending because as much as I dislike money, it's a necessity really for living a fairly standard life.

I'm not saying that art is useless and pointless, it's not, it's just not right for me as my main source of income (I particularly dislike the selling aspect). The sums of money involved have always made me uncomfortable, more so nowadays, and I'm so tired of it all - I just want to paint.

When I'm not painting, doing housework (or studying), I love to knit.
I think about knitting a lot and take my projects everywhere with me on the offchance that I may get to knit a few rows, I would knit all day long if RSI wasn't a risk.
Some of my other favourite things include: pegging the washing on the line on quiet summer mornings (and summer as a season in general), watching the aeroplanes fly over on their way to and from Manchester Airport, watching the birds in the snow, lying in bed with my hot water bottle & a book, oh, and doing jigsaw puzzles!! I'm a fairly simple sort, happy so long as there's a plentiful supply of tea (milk, no sugar), my knitting and quiet - I love quiet. A surprise emerging interest of mine is biology, which, I'll be frank, absolutely horrified me when I first studied it in-depth age 17 (I was a bit wilfully whimsical back then).