Gregory's Girls are three artists living in East Northamptonshire, who have all had the pleasure of attending classes run by the acclaimed botanical artist Norma Gregory.
I rediscovered my love of painting after my husband brought me a small acrylic set which I took on holiday to Italy several years ago.
I am largely self taught; having no formal art training. I work from photos or my imagination, mainly in acrylic as I love the vibrant colours to help me create the style of painting that I am developing.
I compare my inspiration for painting to the experience of learning to scuba dive. The first few nervous dives in the sea around Swanage pier led me to a world of silence that, once exposed to my torch beam, became alive with noisy colour that I had only ever dreamt of, and now want to bring to my painting.
For the past 2 years I have attended monthly classes with Norma Gregory where I have been introduced to new medias, enjoying stippling in pen and ink, particularly hares.
I live in Islip with my husband Alan, and chickens Dotty and Betty, in a 17th Century stone cottage that we have just finished renovating.
We both love the Northamptonshire countryside, spending many hours cycling and walking.
I have enjoyed drawing for all of my life but it wasn't until about 2002 that I decided to try my hand at painting. Nervously, I booked a weekend course of botanical painting with Norma Gregory and began what has become a frustrating passion. Soon after that I joined her regular art course and have been introduced to many different art styles. As my confidence has grown I've been able to 'go it alone' and, using what I've learnt, have been able to begin to develop my own style. If there is a subject that I find interesting I try to pick a medium that will compliment that subject and because of this I produce an eclectic mix of pictures. A sample of these styles can be seen on this website.
I was born in Higham Ferrers and have lived in Rushden for many years with my wonderful family, and I have therefore got very deep roots that run along the Nene (Nen!) Valley. I feel that we are exceptionally lucky to live in a lovely county and a beautiful country. It's my greatest wish to see more of it and to be inspired.
I have a section for archived work as well one for current work. It may be possible to produce prints from most of what you see here so please do get in touch using email@example.com.
I've been trying to paint with watercolour for years, under the expert tuition of RHS gold award winning artist, Norma Gregory. The depth of colour I wished to capture eluded me all too often, until I picked up a set of acrylic paints 12 months after my husband bought them for my birthday.
Acrylic paints instantly provided me with the opportunity to paint a vibrant picture. I mainly use them like oil paints, allowing me to vary the texture and capture the brush and tool making marks.
N.B. Carol now lives in the far north of Scotland and with her husband, Chris, they are having the most wonderful time. We hope that Carol will find time to paint but we also know that they are having so much fun in their new life that there now isn't so much time and that is as it should be.