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Sheila Clark

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Background
I have been painting and drawing since coming to Wales in 1974, attending various classes and workshops in the evenings and holidays.  Then in 1994, while still working as a school secretary, I started on a foundation course in Cardiff which consisted of 2 years evening classes and 1year part time.  I took early retirement in 1996 to complete the 1year part time and obtained my Foundation in 1997, culminating in a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art specialising in Printmaking in 2000 at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff.  I have exhibited in various galleries in Wales, was selected for the Wales Drawing Biennale Touring Exhibition in 2002/3 and was one of 12 artists exhibiting a boxed set of limited edition prints previewed in Brussels and taken to New York.  In September 2009 I was awarded 1st prize in the Open Art Exhibition at the Rhondda Heritage Centre in Wales.

Artist's Statement
My work is centred on portraying images found on the beach and in hedgerows with rich textural qualities using collage and natural plant material which explore opposites such as soft flowing lines, hard irregular shapes and strong contrasts.  I enjoy life drawing classes and usually try to go out sketching every week, weather permitting.  I am a keen supporter of Jazz in Swansea which often feeds through into my work.


Sheila Clark Autumn Monotype