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Gillian was born in the fifties, and was brought up just outside London. From a young age she was introduced to painting by her father, a keen artist, who specialized in oil portraits. She was particularly influenced by her uncle, Isaac Scher, a trained artist from the Slade. He inspired her from a young age, spurring her on to become an artist.
Gillian moved to North Wales in 1973. She worked at Hawker Siddley Aviation but in 1975 gave up work to concentrate on becoming a professional artist. She became a founder member of a group of professional artists and spent many happy years exhibiting with them and several years exhibiting with a fellow artist. MP Barry Jones wrote to congratulate her on the excellence of one of her exhibitions. Her work was also shown in North Wales, at The First Annual Exhibition of the Clwyd association for The Visual Arts.
From North Wales she moved to Wiltshire, studying art at Swindon, where she worked on a commission for the Brunel Museum, which is now in a private collection in America. Since Gillian and her family moved to Sussex from Wiltshire, she has studied at Sussex University and widely exhibited throughout Sussex and in London. Her exhibitions include:
• A Fine Art Show at Temple Grove opened by the Marquess of Abergavenny
• The New Sussex Artists & Photographers Exhibition, the Pavilion, Brighton in 1989 and 1990
• The Autumn Art Show (AAS), patrons Dame Vera Lynn LLD, Tim Renton MP, The Marquess of Abergavenny KG OBE and Mrs Hans
Rausing in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995
• The Pastel Society, The Mall, London in 1982
• The Fine Art Exhibition, Michelham priory opened by Dame Vera Lynn LLD, in 1990.
• She was invited to submit by Joan Hadfield, a fellow of the Society of Woman Artists (SWA), Westminster Central Hall, patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent, and successfully exhibited in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
She works in a variety of sizes and mediums, from small detailed graphite portrait studies to large paintings. A five foot double portrait was accepted for exhibition by the SWA. She has also worked on a variety of different subjects, including an oil painting for Airworld.
Written by William Nassau
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