Stephanie Gay: Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life 2017 Landscape Painter of the Year
PUBLISHED: 10:45 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 25 April 2017
Meet the winner of the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life 2017 Landscape Painter of the Year competition
Stephanie Gay describes her route into the art world as ‘an amazing journey of discovery and experimentation’. Uninspired by school art classes, it would be many years before she took up painting. Indeed, it was not until she sought a creative hobby escape while raising a family that Stephanie would find what was to become a great part of her life.
Although largely, self-taught, she took local courses and more recently at London’s Slade School of Art. This involved working in various media but she now specialises in painting on silk. The natural world is her inspiration and recently the British landscape has most drawn her attention, so she’s an ideal winner for our competition.
Until the end of March she has a solo exhibition ‘Simply Landscape’, exploring some of her favourite Berkshire landscapes, at 124 Studio Gallery, Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead (by the Kings Street entrance), open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 to 4pm. The studio is run by a small group of local artists in ‘pop up gallery’ style.
Stephanie has lived in Maidenhead for more than two decades and during that time a local art path has seen her involved in various groups in the town and surrounding county – right now she’s the director of the town’s Art on the Street organisation, which champions local art. The group began in 2009, formed by friends seeking to show and sell their work to a wider audience. Popular events include outdoor markets in Maidenhead town centre and Art on the Street also seeks out artspaces for work to be displayed. See artonthestreet.org.uk.