Date: 1st November – 30th November 2016
Times: Daily except Sundays
Location: Arena Cafe at The Lights, Andover
Cost: Free entry
My name is Helen Buick and I am a self-taught artist.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This is a chronic pain condition that affects my entire body. I had to give up my jobs as a dance lecturer, director and choreographer and was forced to re-evaluate my entire life; as the Fibromyalgia impacts on so many areas of daily living. I began to use art as a therapy. My aim is to inspire people who suffer with chronic pain or associated conditions and to share through my art the enjoyment that has brought a renewed sense of purpose and welcome relief from my present condition.
This exhibition is a collection of most of my work to date. Almost each picture has been an intrepid adventure into the unknown; the first time I tried using acrylic paint and ink, and the first time for coloured pencils, clay and glass-paint.
‘The Story So Far’ exhibition will include:
The Gracey Lou & Pudding Series
One of the other skills I am now able to develop is writing. These pastel pictures are illustrations that will be included in the children’s books I am currently writing about the fictional adventures of two cats called Gracey Lou and Pudding.
My love of the sea is the main driving force throughout this section; meditation, finding calm within and relaxation are all part of my daily tools to combat the effects of my condition and I feel that these elements are also reflected through a number of the pieces. Some of these paintings are the beginnings of a potential series of similar concepts in particular ‘Twilight Gathering’ and ‘Dolphin Dreams’.
Pencil & Mixed Media
I usually have a stall at the Andover Farmer’s Market (every 3rd Sunday of the month) in the High Street. I initially started to draw robins as potential pictures for Christmas cards. However I was so pleased with how they came out I had them framed and they are now part of the collection.
To date my work is mainly concentrated on animals, birds, landscapes, seascapes and abstract using the mediums of Pastel, Pencils, Acrylic and Mixed Media. I am happy to accept commissions.
Where you can find me…
Please feel free to visit my pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @buickart and my website which will soon be online at helenbuick.co.uk. You can also email me at email@example.com for further information.
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