We are absolutely delighted to be exhibiting Karen O’Neill’s collection of Animal Art.
Karen takes inspiration from Animals and nature. Detail has always fascinated O’Neill, the lie of the fur, the muscle structure under the skin, the light reflected in an animal’s eye, and the wrinkles in an elephant’s skin. The delicate stamens and stigma of a flower, the veins of a leaf… Exploring the depth of detail to be found in the natural world is what keeps her at the drawing board for hours on end.
Karen talks about her work… “I was a very bad, bored secretary and spent more time gazing out of the window than typing. But when my children were small, and when time allowed, I returned to the drawing board. At that time, I was exploring pen and ink using Rotring drafting pens. I was always fascinated by the depth of detail I could go into using these pens. The natural world was my favourite subject, drawn (no pun intended) as I had always been, to nature in all its forms. Over the years I have dabbled in various mediums but was always rather afraid of colour. But more recently I discovered coloured pencils, and a whole new world opened up for me.”
I have also had work published three times in Ann Kulberg’s Color Magazine and am one of the artists currently working on a book project, hopefully to be published later this year, for Ann Kulberg, an American publisher. I am also working on a tutorial which is due to be published in the July issue of CP Magic – a digital magazine showcasing colour pencil artists, and my drawing of the little fat robin – ‘And We Shall Have Snow’ – will be published in the April issues of Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. No.61 Mardol, Shrewsbury also holds some of my animal drawings and prints.
Exhibition Dates: 1st March – 26th May
Our 2023 Spring exhibition features an amazing selection of Printmaking, Paintings, Drawings, Pottery, Jewellery, Fused Glassware and Photography.
Featured Artists include…
Greg Anston Race
Jo Mollart Highfield
We look forward to seeing you
Ironbridge Fine Arts
Merrythought Village, Dale End, Coalbrookdale, Telford, TF8 7NJ