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Fiona Millais takes inspiration from the places and objects that she loves. To many people, particularly in the last year, our green spaces have become ever more important and precious. Fiona walks out every day with the dog and often gathers additional materials, so that stones, leaves and feathers become visual reminders of her experience.
Fiona says: "This daily rhythm in my walks reflects and informs my artwork. I endeavour to paint landscapes with a sense of place and of 'being there' and imagining a painting you would want to walk into. Sometimes it is a meandering path to follow through local woods and other days might bring the breath-taking sweep of a Downland panorama."
Fiona studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating in 1984. her great-grandfather was the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais.
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Fiona has worked as an artist since graduating from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in Fine Art in 1984. Usually, but not exclusively, her paintings are based on landscape or still life. Paintings might be produced on the completion of a journey - either abroad or within the British Isles, and are evolved from memories, drawings and notes done on the spot. Music and literature sometimes provide additional source material. Fiona collects objects, perhaps while out walking her dog, such as stones, leaves and feathers, which when painted create context, layers of texture, colour and
Every day, twice a day, wherever I am, I walk out with Ruby the dog.think perhaps, this daily rhythm reflects and informs my art work. I endeavour to paint landscapes with a sense of place and of 'being there' and imagining a painting you would want to walk into.it is a meandering path to follow through local woods and other days might bring the
breath-taking sweep of a Downland panorama. To so many people, particularly in the last year, these essential green
spaces have become ever more important and precious.of her work is based on Crosswater, where she lives - the farm and nurseries, the surrounding landscape of gardens, woods and heathland - an area both familiar and intimate, wild and remote. Fiona enjoys exploring this variety, which continues to inspire her to broaden and extend her artistic vocabulary. She is intrigued by how landscapes are shaped, by ourselves and our ancestors, leaving traces, marks and echoes. Fiona often paints and repaints canvasses so that while traces of the original images remain present and the work undergoes a process of metamorphosis.