Zoe Eaton was born in London, and is now  living in St. Ives, Cornwall.  Zoe  studied fine art/ painting at UCN Northampton and is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists, and  Co-founder of Barnoon Arts.  Zoe has been teaching art for over 20 years in adult education, and community art projects.      

 Her abstract paintings with fresh quirky forms and bold colour combinations are created with oil paint on canvas –  that fundamentally explore the language of colour, the physicality of materials and process of painting itself. Zoe became a Director at the Society in 2022.

“My  paintings are often created intuitively, without a clear idea of how the finished work will look. Ranging from fresh minimal images to more complex ‘landscapes’ of paint that are built up slowly over many months. Inspiration is found in the visual world around me, from the stunning cornish landscape, to  anything that catches my eye from scraps of fabric or  marks on the pavement.”

Artist's CV

Before moving to St.Ives in 2010, I taught art in adult education, community projects and prisons. I exhibited widely in Milton Keynes, Art Fairs and galleries in Oxford and Windsor.

I established Barnoon workshop with my husband, an artspace in St.Ives – combining teaching art workshops with my own painting.
I became a member of the St Ives Society of Artists in 2020.
I mostly use oil and acrylic paint, collage and drawing media to create colourful, abstract images. My work is concerned with improvised forms and mark making, like the random beauty that is found in nature. I begin a piece and improvise at each stage, then reacting to previous marks, slowly building up the painting until I fell that it is finished. Sometimes this process can be fairly quick and sometimes the paintings take many years to realise.