Anne-Marie McGowan

 

I have been painting since the age of 10, and am essentially self-taught, but I have attended many courses and workshops over the years – where I have discovered that a wealth of experience can be gained from talking to others keen to discuss their skills.

I work in all mediums – watercolour, gouache, oil, acrylic and mixed media, but I love the depth of oils for portraiture and for capturing the vibrancy of floral compositions.  I like to set time aside for engraving, and am fortunate to have the use of a press for producing my own prints.

My 3-dimensional art extends to sculpture, pottery and jewellery.  I enjoy designing and producing all kinds of tableware, vases and ornaments in both ceramics and stoneware, but I have a particular fondness for raku – which demands a more complicated production and firing process.

I was born in Mauritius (my mother was Mauritian and my father French) but we moved to the UK when I was 3 and I grew up in London – where I first exhibited my work.  I made a permanent move to France in 2001 and from my studio in Yvelines I mounted a number of exhibitions in the Paris area.  Attracted by the colours of the Mediterranean I moved to Languedoc-Roussillon in 2009 and now live in Céret, close to the Spanish border, home to many artists over the years.