An exhibition of paintings, etchings and prints by local artist Louise Waugh opens at The Old Brick Workshop at Poole on Tuesday 14th March following a preview evening on Saturday 11 March. The exhibition is open to the public from 11am to 4pm until 25th March.
Louise Waugh lives in Wiveliscombe and has been painting since she was a child. After teacher training she lived in Spain studying etching in Grenada before returning to the West Country where she was one of the co-founders of Spike Island Print Studio in Bristol.
Apart from 4 years living in Ireland, the landscape of the West Country has been both her home and the source of inspiration for her work although she has also travelled around Europe and to Bali, locations which have also provided material for her paintings.
She explained: “I largely paint out of doors using acrylics and oils but I also do watercolour sketches. I’m a great sketchbook person and the books have been shown at exhibitions. I love Somerset lanes and high hedges; I like shapes in the landscape and there’s a constant theme of tracks and paths in my work. Often there’s a figure in the landscape which has a kind of story. I go to Beer a lot and paint on the beach.”
Her paintings have been selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition six times, most recently in 2013, and she has had exhibitions at galleries around the South West, including the Cornwall Contemporary in Penzance and at Maine House in Beer.
Apart from her own work as a painter, Louise has taken groups of artists on painting holidays to Spain, Morocco and Italy since 1998. This year she will take a group of up to 10 people to Spain for 8 days in June. She also plans to run print-making classes at The Old Brick Workshop after the exhibition closes.
Work on show – produced in her studio “in an old shed on a local farm with cows in the yard” – includes a large range of acrylic and oil paintings, etchings on copper and various types of etching and lino cuts, and there will be giclée prints – photographic prints of work which has already been sold.
In summing up her work, Louise said, “I respond instinctively to something in the natural world, in the landscape – something which speaks to me.”