My work usually begins when I am walking – I make sketches, or jot down word

My work usually begins when I am walking – I make sketches, or jot down words.

When I’m in my studio the starting point for my work is spontaneous and experimental and I work on several pieces at once. At this stage, I prefer not to have any firm idea of what I am trying to achieve, and am happy to let the painting develop in its own way.

I return to each painting many times, to add texture and layers of colour. This stage of the process can take many months.

There is always a pivotal moment in each painting, which may be in response to the landscape, a still life arrangement, or simply an interesting juxtaposition of colours or shapes in my studio – whatever it is, my final intentions are realised when all distractions are stripped away in a moment of clarity.

Artist's CV

Born Sunderland 1963


Bath Spa University. PGCE Art and Design / 2000-2001
Edinburgh College of Art. BA Hons Printed Textile Design / 1982-1985
Newcastle Upon Tyne College of Art / 1981-1982
Elaine is a member of the St.Ives Society of Artists and Associate member of the Penwith Society of Arts

Selected group exhibitions:

ING Discerning Eye 2020

St.Ives Society of Artists, Members’ Exhibitions / 2013 – 2020

Penwith Society of Arts, St.Ives. Associate Exhibitions / 2014 – 2020

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – selected 2017

RWA, Bristol. Autumn Open Exhibition /  2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2020

National open Art Exhibition, London 2017. Awarded Cill Rialaig residency

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Winter Open Exhibitions / 2004-2008

RWS, Bankside Gallery, London. Spring Open Exhibition / March 2011

Solo exhibitions:

Crypt Gallery St.Ives / September 2013 , 2015, 2018

Riverbank Gallery, Newlyn 2016

Cornwall Open Studios / June 2012

Gallery Forty-Nine, Bridlington / May 2009, October 2007

Kentmere House Gallery, York / Feb 2008, Dec 2007

The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber / April 2007

A selection of galleries where my work is exhibited:

Oliver Contemporary, London

Livingstone, St Ives

McAlistair Thomas, Godalming

Prince and Pilgrim, London

Riverbank Gallery, Newlyn

Penwith Society of Arts, St.Ives

Battersea Art Fair represented by Bowlish Contemporary/Eleven And A Half , March 2013, 2015, 2016

Kentmere House Gallery, York

Other Galleries:-

Salt Box Gallery, Helmsley
The Art Room, South Wirral /  2008
Pyramid Gallery, York / September 2008
The Gate Gallery, Grimsby / April 2008
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne / May 2007
Beverley Art Gallery / June 2006