Esther Newnham Brown works in her studio in the garden of her house in Rusper producing paintings of various sizes, subjects and styles, but in her book, the larger the canvas the happier she is!
She says she has no particular style, likes to work on whatever idea pops into her head at any one time and breaks probably a lot of rules at the same time regarding what should be done and how it is approached! But as she says, at the end of the day if the work sells then happy days!
Working mainly in acrylics and oils and occasional watercolours, pictures are started, placed to one side when boredom kicks in with it, or she gets stuck on how to proceed with it before making an absolute mess of it and marching it down to the bonfire, which has happened, only to be stopped by her husband who kindly points out tomorrow is another day with it, but at the moment, there is a stack of approximately seven to eight canvases awaiting brushes and paint!
But on a serious note, she has always painted from an early age, encouraged by her grandfather and father who was an artist, as was her great grandfather, so art runs very strongly in the family. Painting was set aside for a number of years when bringing up her two boys, but over the last twenty years, time is now available to paint exhibit,
Since joining Horsham Artists five years ago, it has given a new confidence in exhibiting her work at the exhibitions that they run, but it then gave her the confidence to take up running a small gallery in Henfield with another artist, which is an absolute passion, even during lockdown. As she says, she always gets a buzz selling other artists work, not just her own.
Art workshops are attended from time to time, because you can never stop learning new things, approaches to pictures, and history of art. A few artists inspire me for different reasons, Henri Rousseau and Frida Kahlo for colour and vibrancy, Lucien Freud for the honesty with which he paints his nudes, and Edward Hopper for the sheer atmospheric feeling of his work. There are many others that inspire, too many to mention!
Her work is currently on show in Gallery BN5 in Henfield and Artists and Illustrators website.