Port Isaac, Cornwall, Cicelie Fry, 17x19 £345 available at The Frame Gallery in Odiham.

When did you start painting and what motivates you?

I have enjoyed drawing and painting all my life, but over the last 25 years it has become a very important desire to create paintings from my own sketches.

How would you describe your style?

My paintings are full of colour and movement, so I hope that my own style is intriguing and encourages the viewer to look deeply into my work and maybe dream…

What do you consider to be the best painting you’ve ever done?

The best painting that I have ever done is probably one very small watercolour sold at the Mall Galleries London, during one of their watercolour exhibitions, but it is a difficult question to answer as it is so difficult to judge your own work!

Do you find certain paper, paints or brushes make a big difference to how you paint?

I collect many different papers to form my collage underpainting, using either Arches 140lb hot press or mount board, as I like the smooth texture against the collage over which I dribble liquid paints with fairly big brushes. I then draw with card and pen to create lines which bring out the image more, before painting with smaller brushes in some areas.

What has painting given back to you?

The ability to create a pleasing image, has given me great pleasure, a sense of achievement, and a more rewarding existence because I find that it helps me so much to make observations, and therefore enjoy nature and architecture more.  

What inspires your work?

Inspiration comes from observation and delight in seeing our surroundings; whether it is a jumbled harbour (which is probably my favourite subject) or just looking at everything in much more detail, with an artist’s eye.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on colourful scenes of Odiham and Cornish harbours.

What can we expect from your exhibition?

I think that the ‘From City To Sea’ exhibition will help show off each of our styles, because we are so different in the way that we portray images, yet we compliment each other. We have had exhibitions together before, and the excitement, discussions and thought-sharing process, along with the sense of achievement, are so beneficial to us all I am sure. I hope we produce a really interesting, lively, and colourful exhibition for the Frame in November.

If you would like more information about Cicelie Fry, would like to discuss her work, or would like to find out more about the exhibition she talks about, please call The Frame Gallery on 01256 701082. You can also view and purchase her paintings in our online shop.