Just after retiring, in 2004, I discovered Inkwell, and I applied myself there, and had my first proper art exhibition after about a year. It was a great success! I had worked hard consistently with very positive feedback form Mark Cruse the manager, who taught and helped me with my work and the effort I had applied got a result.
This second solo Exhibition A Brush with Paint is an adventure into the world of painting the abstract. It is influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement of the late fifties and early sixties in America, which is a favourite genre of mine. I found it an exciting, and dynamic way of working because I could express myself in paint without the constraints of figurative and traditional ideas. I love bright colours particularly in paint, I find them very positive and continues to be a major factor in helping me with my mental wellbeing. Inkwell has been a supportive place for my art and wellbeing. Using paint properly for the first time has been a journey of discovery. I have learned a lot.
I hope you enjoy viewing the work.
I would like to thank Inkwell for letting me put this exhibition on, and all my friends there for their help and encouragement. Special thanks go to Heather Young, the exhibition co-ordinator, Stuart Harrison who has always been so positive, helpful and motivating, Liz Robinson my dear friend, in particular, and my family for their support.
Steve Willingham 9th August 2016